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UNIVERSITY  OF 

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1953-1960 


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MINUTES 
of 

MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 


199t^  Stated  Meeting 

Mallard  Creek  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  20, 1953 


200th  Stated  Session 

Thomasboro  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

April  21, 1953 


Next  Stated  Session 

Paw  Creek  Church,  Paw  Creek,  N.  C. 

July  21,  1953 


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MINUTES 

of 

MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 


199th  Stated  Meeting 

Mallard  Creek  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  20,  1953 


200th  Stated  Session 

Thomasboro  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

April  21,  1953 


Next  Stated  Session 

Paw  Creek  Church,  Paw  Creek,  N.  C. 

July  21,  1953 


INDEX 


Page 

Adjournment   36,  58 

Afternoon  Sessions    30,  44 

Aniay  James  Church   30 

Amendments  to  Book  of 

Church  Order   33,  34,  35 

Arrangements    23,  40 

Calls  to  Churches  26,  43 

Candidates 

Examined  for  Licensure  44 

Examined  and  Received  29,  43 

Received    42 

Transferred   42 

Commissioners  to  General 

Assembly  Elected    31 

Commissions  Reporting 

Minister  and  His  Work   ....  25,  42,  43 
To  Install  Ministers 

26,  27,  28,  29,  45,  46 

To  Ordain  and  Install    28 

Committees  Appointed 

Ad-interim  Committees   58 

Standing  Committees 25,  41,  42 

Committees   Reporting 

On  Assembly's  Work   31 

On  Annuities  and  Relief    58 

On   Christian  Relations    33 

On  Church  Extension    47-54 

On  Education   30,  31 

On  Educational  Institutions  29 

On  Ministerial  Education  29,  43 

On  Nominations   54 

On  Presbytery's  Council   31,  54 

On  Women's  Work   45 

Committees  Reporting   (Standing) 

Bills  and  Overtures   33 

Installations 29,    46,    47 

Records 44,  45 

Resolutions    32,   54,   55 

Sessional  Records    44,   45 

Synod's   Records    45 

Communications   24,  25,  42 

Communion    Service    37 


Page 

Directory 4,  5,  6 

Docket  24,  40,  41 

Docket  Schedule    3 

History  of  Churches 

Mallard  Creek  Church    14-22 

Thomasboro    37,   38 

Manual  Changes 

Adopted    82 

Defeated   58 

Introduced   31 

Matters  Docketed  for  Next  Meeting    32,  36 

Ministers 

Excused    24,  42 

Received 26,  43 

Minutes  Read  and  Adopted   36,  58 

Moderator 

Elected  23,  40 

Nominated 30,  45 

Next   Meeting    36,   58 

Opening  Exercises   14,  37 

Pastoral  Relationship  Dissolved   42 

Presbytery  Meetings   Back  Cover 

Recess  30,  44 

Recommendation  of 

Rev.  Leon  Anderson    30 

Resolutions  Adopted  33,  36,  58 

Retiring  Moderator's  Address  36 

Roll  Call   22,  23,  39 

Roll  of  Churches    8-13 

Roll  of  Ministers  7 

Ruling  Elders  Introduced   23,  40 

Special  Addresses   29,  45,  54 

Stated  Sessions  of  Presbytery   14,  37 

Statistical  Report  to 

General  Assembly 57,  attached 

Treasurer's  Reports    55,  56,  57 

Unionville  Church   Property    58 

Visiting  Brethren    23,  40 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


DOCKET  SCHEDULE 


WINTER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Records  of  Presbytery 

(c)  Education 

(d)  Assembly's  Work 

(e)  Ministerial  Education 
Election  of  Commissioners  to 

General  Assembly 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SPRING  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Church  Extension 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Presbytery's  Council 

(d)  Sessional  Records 

(e)  Synod's  Minutes 
Reports  of  Treasurers  and 

Trustees 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SUMMER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Records  of  Presbytery 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 

Adjourn 


FALL  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Assembly's  Minutes 

(d)  Nominations 

(e)  Homes 

New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


The  Stated  Session  of  Presbytery  convenes  at  9 :00  A.  M.  on 
the  third  Tuesday  in  each  quarter. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


DIRECTORY 


OFFICERS  OF  THE  PRESBYTERY 

Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Moderator  of  Winter  Meeting 
Rev.  H.  B.  Carter,  Moderator  of  Spring  Meeting 
Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk  (1955) 
Rev.  B.  Frank  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk  (1954) 
Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk  (1953) 
Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Executive  Secretary  (1953) 


TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected  for  Four  Years : 

1954 — Mr.  George  S.  Crouch;  Mr.  H.  W.  Moore,  Charlotte; 
Rev.  W.  L.  Hall. 

1955 — Rev.  Jas.  A.  Jones,  Mr.  I.  W.  Stewart,  Charlotte 
Presbytery — 

1953— Mr.  W.  H.  Abernathy,  Charlotte 

1954— Mr.  Thomas  C.  Ruff,  Charlotte 

1955 — Mr.  John  S.  Cansler,  Chairman 


COMMISSIONS 

The  Minister  and  His  Work : 

Chairman — Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long 

1955 — Rev.  R.  C.  Long,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Mr.  James  Williams 
1953— Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell,  Rev.  0.  M.  Whitener,  Mr.  R.  M.  Williams 
1954— Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson,  Rev.  C.  G.  McClure,  Mr.  Walter  Fraley. 


COMMITTEES 

Assembly's  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff 

Sub  Committee  on  World  Missions 

1953 — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  Chairman 

1954 — Mr.  Crosby  Dunn 

1955— Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff 

Sub  Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief 

1953— Rev.  J.  W.  Stork,  Chairman 

1954— Mr.  A.  A.  Porter 

1955— Rev.  A.  T.  Taylor 

Sub  Committee  on  Woman's  Work 

1953— Mr.  Roy  Todd 

1954— Rev.  M.  G.  Lyerly 

1955 — Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  Chairman 

Sub  Committee  on  Assembly's  Special  Causes 

1953 — Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore,  Chairman 

1954— Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy 

1955— Mr.  C.  W.  Wilson 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Church  Extension 

Chairman — Rev.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence 

Sub  Committee  on  Christian  Relations 

1953— Rev.  W.  B.  McSwain 

1954— Mr.  G.  D.  Aitken 

1955— Rev.  W.  A.  Gamble,  Chairman  ^ 

Sub  Committee  on  Evangelism 

1953— Rev.  W.  T.  Smith 

1954— Rev.  W.  R.  Price,  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper 

1955— Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman;  Dr.  Hamilton  W.  McKay 

Sub  Committee  on  Radio 

1953 — Mr.  Robert  Covington 

1954— Rev.  B.  F.  Moore 

1955— Rev.  J.  B.  Ficklen,  Chairman 

Sub  Committee  on  Home  Missions 

1953 — Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Mr.  Beaumert  Whitton,  Rev.  G.  Dana 

Waters,   Chairman,   Mrs.   C.   W.   Tillett. 
1954— Rev.  W.  L.  Hall,  Mrs.  Irwin  Belk,  Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson. 
1955— Rev.  W.  I.  Howell,  Jr.,  Mr.  W.  E.  Price,  Mr.  C.  W.  Gilchrist. 

Education : 

Chairman — Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger 

Sub  Committee  on  Education  Institutions 

1953— Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger 

1954— Rev.  R.  C.  Long,  Chairman;  Dr.  T.  D.  Sparrow 

1955— Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  J.  W.  Thomson 

Sub   Committee   on   Campus   Christian   Life 

1953 — Rev.  T.  W.  MacLean,  Chairman 

1954_Mr.  John  Otts 

1955— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 

Sub  Committee  on  Religious   Education 

1953— Rev.  F.  C.  Pratt,  Rev.  H.  B.  Carter 

1954— Mr.  J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Chairman;  Rev.  M.  B.  Prince 

1955— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle 

Ex-Officio— Pres.  of  S.  S.  S.  Asso.— Mr.  Alex  McMillan 

Presbyterial  Secretary  of  Ed. — Mrs.  R.  S.  Query 
Pres.  Men  of  Presbytery — Mr.  H.  B.  Arbunkle 
Pres.  of  Youth  Fellowship — Sam  Inman,  Jr. 

Presbytery's  Council: 

Chairman — Mr.  R.  A.  Grier 

1953— Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Mr.  R.  A.  Grier 

1954— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Mr.  R.  L.  Price,  Rev.  C.  W.  Potter 

1955— Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Mr.  C.  G.  Sellers 

Ex-Officio— The  Moderator  and  The  Stated  Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The  President  and  Treasurer  Women  of  the  Church 


Ministerial  Education: 

Chairman — Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley 

1953— Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley,  Rev.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  Mr.  Dan  S.  Davis 

1954— Rev.  H.  V.  Carson,  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan,  Mr.  Paul  Frye 

1955— Rev.  W.  M.  Walsh,  Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson,  Mr.  P.  F.  Howerton 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Homes: 

Chairman — Rev,  R.  A.  Young 

1953— Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  Rev.  D.  K.  Snyder,  Mr.  Harvey  B.  Hunter 
1954— Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff,  Rev.  J.  B.  Holder,  Mr.  J.  B.  Watt 
1955— Rev.  H.  E.  Mallinson,  Rev.  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  Mr.  D.  G. 
Kimbrell 

Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev.  Jas.  A.  Jones 

1953 — Rev  Jas.  A.  Jones,  Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Mr.  Angus  Shaw 
1954 — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson.  Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Mr.  Harrell  Auten 
1955— Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters,  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper,  Mr.  T.  M. 
Blackwelder 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  MINISTERS 


1.  J.  W.  Grier 

2.  C.H.  Little 

3.  J.  W.  Stork,  D.D. 

4.  W.  H.  Frazier,  D.D. 

5.  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  Th.D. 

6.  M.  E.  Peabody 

7.  W.H.Johnston 

8.  J.  C.  McGehee 

9.  B.  Frank  Yandell 

10.  W.  C.Copeland 

11.  J.  C.  Grier 

12.  T.  R.  Alexander 

13.  A.  T.  Taylor 

15.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr. 

14.  H.  C.  Carmichael 

16.  W.B.  Neill 

17.  C.  D.  Whiteley,  D.D. 

18.  R.  A.  Young,  D.D. 

19.  Chas.  M.  Boyd,  D.D. 

20.  A.  L.  Roberts 

21.  W.  L  Howell,  Jr. 

22.  Daniel  K.  Snyder 

23.  T.H.Mitchell 

24.  W.T.Smith 

25.  Jas.  A.  Jones,  D.D. 

26.  Jno.  R.  Rosebro,  D.D. 

27.  F.  R.  McAlister 

28.  R.  H.  Stone,  D.D. 

29.  E.L.Flanagan 

30.  Robert  F.  Boyd,  Th.D. 

31.  Frederick  C.  Debele,  Jr. 

32.  Chas.  G.McClure,  D.D. 

33.  Sam  M.  Inman 

34.  J.  O.  Mann,  D.D. 

35.  F.Clyde  Pratt 

36.  Jonas  Barclay 

37.  W.  M.  Walsh,  D.D. 

38.  F.S.Johnston 

39.  Samuel  McP.  Glasgow,  D.D. 

40.  A.  Leslie  Thompson 

41.  Wm.  A.  Gamble 

42.  Roy  F.  Whitley,  Th.D. 

43.  Chas.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  D.D. 

44.  C.  C.  McNeill,  D.D. 

45.  Warner  L.  Hall,  Ph.D. 

46.  T.W.  MacLean 

47.  Homer  A.  Spencer 

48.  Jno.  A.  Carriker 

49.  Henry  S.  Robinson 

50.  S.  M.  Hutchison 

51.  C.H.Rowan 


52.  R.  C.  Long,  D.D. 

53.  D.  S.  Chalabie 

54.  J.   Cecil   Lawrence,   D.D. 

55.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  D.D. 

56.  Carl  S.Miller 

57.  Ben  F.  Moore 

58.  Hugh  B.Carter 

59.  Watt  M.  Cooper 

60.  H.  V.  Carson,  D.D. 

61.  Harold  D.  Hayward,  Th.D. 

62.  G.Dana  Waters 

63.  Olin  M.  Whitener 

64.  W.  J.  Huneycutt 

65.  Daniel  Carlton 

66.  Samuel  H.  Zealy 

67.  W.  B.  McSwain 

68.  Roy  E.  Hoke,  Ph.D. 

69.  C.   Wayne   Potter 

70.  F.  C.  Wilkinson 

71.  D.  E.  Wilkinson 

72.  E.  B.  Cooper 

73.  Ira  H.  Rawles 

74.  J.  P.  Holder 

75.  Lawrence   I.   Stell 

76.  J.   Gilbert  Kirckhoff 

77.  M.  G.  Lyerly 

78.  A.   H.   Key 

79.  R.  W.  Rayburn 

80.  W.   M.  Boyce,  Jr. 

81.  H.   L.   Thomas 

82.  Hugh  Pollard 

83.  W.  M.  Boyce,  D.D. 

84.  Ruessell  M.  Kerr 

85.  C.  H.  McLean 

86.  J.  B.  Reaves 

87.  Geo.  A.  Fletcher 

88.  R.   G.  Laurens 

89.  Robert  G.  Balnicky 

90.  Stewart  W.  Yandle 

91.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

92.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit 

93.  B.  F.  Ferguson 

94.  James  R.  Crook 

95.  Milos  Strupl 

96.  Sheldon  A.  Koesy 

97.  Crawford  White 

98.  J.  S.  Garner 

99.  H.  S.  Schum 

100.  S.  Wylie  Hogue 

101.  W.  G.  Workman,  Ph.D. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  CHURCHES 

Churches  Clerk  of  Session  Treasurer 

Albemarle  First H.  W.  Davis  J.  T.  Boysworth 

Box  392  Rt.  2 

Albemarle,  N.  C.  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Albemarle  Second S.  A.  Boaz,  Jr.  C.  0.  Josey 

Albemarle,  N.  C.  Albemarle  Radio  Co. 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Altan J.  B.  Yarbrough  Neal  Yarbrough 

Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C.  Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Amay  James Edgar  Goodwin  Mrs.  Sarah  Reid 

504  E.  Boundry  Rt.  4,  Box  332 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Amity J.  C.  Kuck  James  P.  Sample 

Rt.  1,  Charlotte,  N.  C.  Rt.  2,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Avondale J.  E.  Kimbirl  W.  H.  Sitton 

2820  Sunset  Dr.  1321  Ordermore  Drive 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Badin F.  L.  Marbry  S.  E.  Beck 

Badin,  N.  C.  Badin,  N.  C. 

Banks Sam  Kell  M..  C.  Cunningham 

Rt.  3,  Waxhaw,  N.  C.  Rt.  3,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Benton  Heights Jack  Morrison  Neal  Tucker 

601  Griffin  St.  1108  Cherry  St. 

Monroe,  N.  C.  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Bethany Roy  Snipes  Roy  Snipes 

Welch  Ave.  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Bethel J.  W.  Knox,  Rt.  2  H.  B.  Knox 

Huntersville,  N.  C.  Davidson,  N.  C. 

Bethlehem Buford  A.  Price  Buford  A.  Price 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C.  Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Beulah E.  H.  Webb  R.  L.  Long 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C.  Rt.  3,  Pageland,  S.  C. 

Biscoe C.  R.  Poole  J.  Edgar  Maness 

Biscoe,  N.  C.  Biscoe,  N.  C. 

Brainerd Marvin  McGill  D.  A.  McGill 

East  Rockingham,  N.  C.East  Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Caldwell  Memorial R.  B.  Collins  R.   H.   Crockford 

339  Clement  Ave.  2117    McClintock   Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Camden D.  E.  Phillips  Miss  Ethel  Hildreth 

Rt.  3  Belk  Bros. 

Wadesboro,  N.  C.  Wadesboro,  N.  C. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Cameronian M.  C.  McKenzie 

Rt.  3 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Camp  Greene J.  0.  Hawfield 

2418  Remount  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Candor D.  C.  Ewing,  Jr. 

Candor,  N.  C. 

Central  Steele  Creek___-..R.  R.  Grier 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Charlotte  First J.  N.  Stribling: 

2108  Dilworth  Rd.,  E. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Clanton  Memorial W.  H.  Adams,  Jr. 

Box  3247 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Commonwealth E.  H.  Austin 

1240  Greenwood  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Community John  Cox 

Rt.  1,  Box  71 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Cooks  Memorial Crosby  A.  Dunn 

Rt.  9,  Box  746 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Cornelius R.  E.  Kennedy 

Box  337 
Davidson,  N.  C. 

Covenant J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr. 

1000  E. Morehead 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Eastminster E.  C.  Williamson 

1632  Westbury  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Ellerbe  First W.  S.  McRae 

Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

Hamlet  First S.  O.  Bauersfeld 

Entwistle  St. 
Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Hawley  Memorial Carlton  Billingsley 

Box  71,  Polkton,  N.  C. 

Hopewell Joe  L.  Puckett,  Sr. 

Rt.  1 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Hollis  Gillis 
Rt.  3 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

James  Major 

1741  Evergreen  Dr. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Jack  Gathings 
Candor,  N.  C. 

T.  M.  Blackwelder 
Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 

W.  N.  Ward 
202  W.  Trade  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

L.  0.  Stikeleather 

York  Road 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  M.  Fleetwood,  Jr. 
5001  Elder  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Carl  Henry 

Hannah  Pickett 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Tom  Smith,  Jr. 
Rt.  6,  Box  789D 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  E.  Baxter 
Cornelius,  N.  C. 


W.  A.  Montgomery 
1000  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  A.  Carriker,  Jr. 
2800  Shenandoah  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  W.  Carriker 
Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

John  S.  Williamson 
Pinecroft  Industries 
Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  E.  F.  Billingsley 
Box  84,  Polkton,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Whitley 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Huntersville JE.  F.  Kumm 

Box  115 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 

Indian  Hill R.  F.  Furr 

Rt.  1,  Oakboro,  N.  C. 

Indian  Trail E.  J.  Stinson 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Lee  Park Grady  Williams 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Locust T.  M.  Hartsell 

Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Macedonia J.  R.  Maness 

Rt.  1,  Biscoe,  N.  C. 

Mallard  Creek...- W.  B.  Bingham 

Rt.  7,  Box  612 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Marks  Creek 0.  C.  McRae 

Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Marshville F.  E.  Efird 

Marshville,  N.  C. 

Marston A.  W.  McKay 

Cognac,  N.  C. 

Matthews — ..N.  0.  Alexander 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C. 

McGee N.  C.  Long 

314  N.  Hoskin  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

McLean W.  M.  Lovin 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

McQuay  Memorial J.  C.  Reid,  Jr. 

1222  S.  Bigham  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Monroe  First W.  H.  Morrison 

Wadesboro  Rd. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Morgan  Memorial Rafe  Williams 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Morris  Field William  D.  Loy,  Jr. 

1808  Fleetwood  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Morven W.  E.  Steagall 

Morven,  N.  C. 

Mt.  Carmel M,  Lee  Mclnnis 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Mike  Dwyer 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


M.  E.  Brattain 

Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

J.  W.  Shaffer 

Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C. 

B.  A.  Atwell 
409  Tallayrand 
Monroe,  N.  C. 
Worth  Little 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Daniel  J.  McCaskill 
Box  236,  Candor,  N.  C. 

A.  S.  Garrison 
Box  1826 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

H.  C.  McRae 

Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  C.  A.  Bolt 

Marshville,  N.  C. 

W.  D.  McKay 

Marston,  N.  C. 

W.  R.  Freeman 
Matthews,  N.  C. 

Leroy  Lakey 
Rt.  9 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  F.  McCaskill,  Jr. 
Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

Jack  M.  Threatt 
3218  Tuckaseegee  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Virgil  Henderson 
429  Wadesboro  Ave. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Sybil  Huneycutt 
Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 
Herbert  Lee  Hargett 
Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  M.  Hardison 

Morven,  N.  C. 

J.  C.  Comer 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 


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Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Mt.  Gilead R.  A.  McRae 

Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Mulberry D.  H.  Dunn 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Myers  Park J.  Lacy  McLean 

2024  Beverly  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Nevin J.  R.  Dutton 

Rt.  7,  Box  1032 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

New  Salem O.  L.  Efird 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Newell S.  B.  Wilson 

Newell,  N.  C. 

Norman C.  E.  Martin 

Norman,  N.  C. 

North  Charlotte H.  T.  Orr 

701   Louise  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Norwood R.  B.  Winchester 

Norwood,  N.  C. 

Oakboro E.  0.  Ross 

Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Pageland     H.  H.  Houston 

Pageland,  S.  C. 

Park  Avenue Virgil  Bratton 

Box  91 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Paw  Creek R.  W.  Summerville 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Pee  Dee J.  V.  Ussery 

Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead.  N.  C. 
Philadelphia Fred  O.  Brown 

Rt.  3,  Matthews.  N.  C. 
Pineville Roy  G.  Starnes 

Pineville,  N.  C. 
Plaza C.  A.  Kirkpatrick 

1315  Matheson 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Pleasant  Hill C.  L.  Choate 

Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
Providence-  James  A.  Blakeney 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Ramah J.  W.  Caldwell 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

R.  L.  Martin 
Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Tom  Wilson 

Rt.  5,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Ross 

2501   Oxford  Place 

Charlotte  4,  N.  C. 

Robert  Ritchie 
Rt.  7 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  C.  Moore 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Wilbur  X.  Yerton 
Box  28,  Newell,  N.  C. 

John  Gallimore 
Norman,  N.  C. 

W.  L.  Howie 
912  Anderson  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Miss  Va.  Earnhardt 
Norwood,  N.  C. 

Miss  Viola  Ross 

Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

E.  A.  Montgomery 
Pageland,  S.  C 

J.  W.  Terry 
StarRt. 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

E.  B.  Johnston 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  C.  W.  Ussery 
Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 
J.  Ranson  Lee 
Rt.  1,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Robt.  C.  Hair 
Pineville,  N.  C. 

F.  R.  Freeman 
2819   Temple   Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

A.  M.  Thompson 

Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 

N.  C.  Grier 

Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C 

C.  D.  Bradford 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Rehoboth W.  J.  Sims 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Ridgecrest G.  S.  Furr 

Rt.  1 

Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Robinson Perry  C.  Hood 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Rockingham  First C.  R.  McNair 

Box  416 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Rourk J.  C.  Watson 

Route  3 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

St.  Andrews J.  W.  Craig,  Jr. 

2121  Rozzelle  Fer.  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

St.  Paul E.  D.  Jackson 

2621  Shenandoah  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Salem George  Watts 

Rt.  1,  Pageland,  S.  C. 

Sardis L.  H.  Pharr 

P.  O.  Box  4033 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Seigle  Avenue Morris  P.  Plyler 

900  Leigh  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Selwyn  Avenue I.  G.  Wallace,  Jr. 

205  Wales  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Sharon E.  F.  Smith 

Rt.  3,  Box  64 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Siler R.  A.  Plyler 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Six  Mile  Creek J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

Smallwood David  Cameron 

401  Seldon  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

South  Park G.  Dewey  Kluttz 

600  Marsh  Road 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Steele  Creek L.  W.  Brown 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

B.  A.  Sims 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Mary  Lee  Lambert 
Rt.  1 

Stanfield,  N.  C. 

J.  C.  Dulin 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  C.  McLean 
Box  612 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Lester  M.  Smith 
Cordovia,  N.  C. 

A.  A.  Clark 

1913  Greene  Blvd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  Hoyle  Long,  Jr. 
2504  Laburnum  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Lawrence  Phillips 

Rt.  1,  Mt.  Croghan,  S.  C. 

C.  B.  Baird 

Rt.  2,  Sardis  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  B.  Schulken 

2226   Chesterfield  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  H.  Wheatley 

3136  Pinehurst  Place 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

William  Stanford 
Rt.  2,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Fleet  Davis 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

R.  L.  Shields 

110  N.  Gardner  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Frank  F.  White 
316  Melbourn  Ct. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Mack  P.  Brown 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


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Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Stephenson M.  Pressley 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Sugaw  Creek J.  P.  Robinson 

1324  Biltmore  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Sunset  Hills Charles  C.  Harkins 

605  Magnolia  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Tenth  Avenue C.  L.  Elliott 

727  W.  Trade  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C- 

Thomasboro H.  P.  Cathey 

322  Hovis  Cr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Trinity R.  Z.  Thomas,  Jr. 

1955   Sharon   Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Troy S.  H.  McCall,  Jr. 

Troy,  N.  C. 
Turner J.  C.  Richardson 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Unionville J.  V.  Mullis 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Wadesboro F.  P.  Boylin 

Wadesboro,  N.  C. 
U^alkersville C.  L.  McCain 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
Waxhaw T.  R.  Nisbet 

Box  217 

Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

West  Avenue H.  Morrison  Irwin,  Jr. 

918  W.  5th  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westminster Paul  C.  Thompson 

725  Hawthorne  Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westover  Hills C.  W.  Hickman 

2961  Beechnut  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Williams  Memorial J.  I.  Hutchison 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Wilmore  R.  M.  Stevenson 

3000  Sommerset  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Jack  Baucom 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

F.  S.  Neal,  Jr. 
801  Bromley  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

B.  L.  McQuay 
2235  Winthrop  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  P.  Warren,  Jr. 
4927  Doris  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

M.  H.  Cathey 
408   Wabash   Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  W.  Brown 

1617  Westbury  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  W.  Safrit 

Box  523,  Troy,  N.  C. 

C.  H.  Biggers 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Maude  M.  Brooks 
Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

J.  W".  Scarboro 
Wadesboro,  N.  C. 

Knox  R.  McCain 
Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

B.  E.  Hudson 
Waxhaw,  N.  C 

Richard  S.  Wilkinson 
513  Grandin  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  G.  Sellers 

611  Clement  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  M.  Winters 
1220  Princeton  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  L.  McConnell 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

H.  F.  Porter 
1741  Wilmore  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


14  MINUTES   OF   MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 

The  One  Hundred  Ninety-Ninth 

Stated  Session  of 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


Mallard   Creek  Presbyterian  Church 
Route  10,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
January  20,  1953. 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  One  Hundred 
Ninety-Ninth  Stated  Session  at  the  Mallard  Creek  Presby- 
terian Church,  Route  10,  Charlotte,  N.  C.  at  9  A.M.  on  the 
above  date. 

After  the  singing  of  a  hymn,  the  Rev.  Stewart  W.  Yandle 
led  the  Presbytery  in  the  opening  prayer.  Dr.  C.  W.  Robinson, 
the  Moderator,  brought  a  message  centered  about  the  life  of 
Luke  the  physician  and  his  association  with  the  Apostle  Paul. 
Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson  led  the  Presbytery  in  prayer. 

History  of  Mallard  Creek  Church — Mrs.  W.  T.  Alexander 
read  the  history  of  Mallard  Creek  Church  which  was  adopted : 

THE  HISTORY  OF  MALLARD  CREEK   PRESBYTERIAN  CHURCH 

Old    Mallard    Creek  Meeting    House   was    built    in    the    year    1824. 

Supply  preachers  were  funished  by  the  Concord  Presbytery  until  the 

year  1825,  and  then  an  agreement  was  made  with  the  Rev.  Samuel  C. 

Caldwell  for  one  sixth  of  his  time. 

One  infant  was  baptised  during  Rev.  Cadwell's  pastorate.  After  the 
death  of  Mr.  Caldwell,  Mallard  Creek  was  without  a  preacher  except 
supply  preachers  from  the  Concord  Presbytery  until  the  year  1827  and 
then  an  agreement  was  made  with  the  Rev.  W.  S.  Pharr  for  one  third 
of  his  time. 

The  church  was  duly  organized.  Ruling  Elders  had  been  elected 
and  ordained  and  the  sacraments  of  the  Lord's  Supper  and  Baptism 
were  administered. 

To  this  newly  organized  church  in  connection  with  Ramah  Church, 
Dr.  Pharr  continued  to  preach  to  the  Mallard  Creek  congregation  one 
half  of  his  time  as  stated  supply  until  his  death  on  December  27,  1866. 
He  served  the  congregation  thirty-nine  years. 

Mallard  Creek  Church  flourished  and  grew  under  the  wise  leadership 
of  the  pastor. 


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Dr.  Pharr  served  Ramah  Church  and  lived  in  his  own  house  in  the 
Ramah  neighborhood,  but  was  buried  in  the  old  cemetery  at  Mallard 
Creek  Church  where  he  labored  and  was  so  dearly  beloved.  Ramah 
and  Mallard  Creek  were  the  joint  fields  of  his  long  and  successful 
career  as  a  servant  of  God. 

The  following  were  the  first  ruling  elders  chosen  by  the  Mallard 
Creek  congregation:  James  Daugherty,  Robert  Query,  Thomas  Hope, 
Matthew  Wallace,  and  Edwin  Wier. 

William  Manson  Alexander  was  the  only  deacon  Mallard  Creek  had 
until  1850.  His  name  appears  for  the  first  time  on  the  church  records 
in  1830.  He  was  the  first  clerk  of  the  session.  His  last  record  was 
written  July  27,  1849.  He  died  May  29,  1850  in  the  sixty-seventh  year  of 
his  life.  Some  elders  died,  other  moved  away.  The  following  were  elected 
to  fill  vacancies — Nathaniel  Harris,  Henderson  Query,  William  Hutchison, 
and  S.  W.  Caldwell. 

The  first  effort  to  build  the  new  Mallard  Creek  meeting  house  was 
made  August  24,  1854.  Work  commenced  May  1,  1855  and  finished 
May  1,  1856. 

Rev.  Pharr  set  May  9,  1856  for  the  dedication  of  the  new  church, 
but  there  was  still  a  debt  to  be  paid  before  the  dedication  could  be 
made.  Rev.  Pharr  said  that  the  people  had  given  so  much  in  material, 
labor,  and  money  that  he  felt  a  delicacy  in  asking  them  to  pay  more, 
and  yet  it  would  have  to  be  done  in  order  to  carry  out  the  plans  of  the 
dedication.  He  made  the  appeal  and  the  response  was  so  liberal  that 
the  debt  was  paid  in  full,  and  enough  left  over  to  build  the  present 
Session  House.    This  was  a  great  day  for  Mallard  Creek  congregation. 

The  costs  of  the  building  were — 

Building  costs    $2,897.00 

Cement 3.50 

Cementing 12.00 

Furniture     40.00 

Carpet,   etc 54.50 

Advertising  2.00 

Stove    36.00 

Total    Cost    $3,045.00 

New  Mallard  Creek  Meeting  House  was  dedicated  May  9,  1856  by 
a  sermon  preached  by  Rev.  W.   S.  Pharr. 

S.  C.  Pharr,  D.D.,  preached  as  a  supply  during  the  year  1867  one 
half  of  his  time. 

The  Rev.  John  J.  Kennedy  supplied  during  1868. 

Walter  W.  Pharr  was  called  as  pastor  of  Mallard  Church,  May  9, 
1869  and  was  installed  May  28,  1869  to  serve  one  half  of  his  time. 

During  Rev.  Walter  W.  Pharr's  pastorate  the  ruling  Elders  were 
James  Query  (elected  and  ordained)  1845,  John  Kirk  1845,  J.  M.  Earn- 
hardt 1869,  William  G.  Garrison  (dismissed)  1869,  James  R.  Hutchison 
1869,  B.  H.  Garrison  1845.  The  deacons  were  James  Montieth  (elected 
and  ordained)  1868,  Leander  Query  1868,  J.  A.  Dearmon  1868,  F.  E. 
Query  1868,  and  J.  M.  Alexander  1868. 


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In  1879,  the  call  was  made  to  the  Rev.  W.  W.  Pharr  for  all  his  time. 
The  salary  was  $650.00  ($600.00  to  be  paid  by  the  white  members,  and 
$50.00  to  be  paid  by  the  colored  people).  Dr.  W.  W.  Pharr  was  greatly 
beloved  by  the  people  of  Mallard  Creek,  whom  he  served  so  faithfully 
until  declining  health  caused  him  to  resign  as  pastor  on  September  21, 
1884.    Dr.  Pharr  lived  in  his  own  home  in  the  congregation. 

E.  A.  Sample,  a  candidate  for  the  ministry,  preached  at  Mallard 
Creek  during  the  months  of  November  and  December,  1884,  and  received 
as  his  pay  $40.00  for  services  rendered. 

In  February,  1885,  Rev.  W.  E.  Mcllwaine  began  to  preach  every 
other  Sabbath  at  a  stipend  of  $15.00  per  day  and  his  ministry  lasted 
until  the  19th  day  of  April,  when  a  call  was  made  to  the  Rev.  R.  B. 
Morrow  for  all  of  his  time  at  a  salary  of  $700.00  per  annum  and  the 
use  of  the  manse.  Mr.  Murrow  was  installed  as  pastor  of  the  Church 
on  November  8,  1885,  and  his  pastorate  continued  until  November, 
1888.  Rev.  W.  C.  C.  Foster  preached  from  Februray  10,  1889  for  the 
remainder  of  the  year. 

Rev.  J.  B.  Cochran,  a  licentiate,  was  called  in  January  1890,  and  was 
ordained  and  installed  as  pastor  of  the  Church  on  May  9,  1890,  and 
continued  his  service  until  August  26,  1891. 

The  Rev.  Rodger  Martin,  D.D.,  began  his  pastorate  in  1892,  and 
closed   it   in   1900. 

A  short  interim  between  the  pastorages  of  Dr.  Martin  and  that  of 
Rev.  Jonas  Barclay  was  filled  by  J.  T.  Allison,  who  preached  occasionally. 

On  November  1,  1902,  the  Rev.  Jonas  Barclay  began  his  ministry 
which  lasted  until  the  middle  of  the  following  year.  In  August,  1903, 
the  Rev.  J.  E.  Summers  was  called  and  he  continued  to  be  pastor  until 
December  26,  1909. 

Rev.  Sample  preached  a  few  months  during  1910  as  supply,  and  in 
September,  Rev.  J.  L.  Beatty  came  to  the  Church  and  remained  until 
1913. 

In  May,  1914,  the  name  of  Rev.  John  E.  Wool  appears  as  moderator 
and  continues  in  the  minutes  until  June,  1919. 

Rev.  John  G.  Garth  was  supply  for  several  months  until  the  calling 
of  Rev.  L.  E.  Wells  in  1920,  who  was  pastor  until  September  17,  1922. 

Rev.  W.  H.  Frazer  began  his  ministry  on  the  first  Sunday  of  Novem- 
ber, 1922.  He  taught  his  Volunteer  Band  of  Young  People  every  Sabbath 
morning  at  9:45,  rain  or  shine.  The  young  people  of  Mallard  Creek 
were  well  drilled  in  the  Bible  and  the  Church  history,  also  in  all  the 
tenets  of  the  Faith  of  our  Fathers.  Mallard  Creek  celebrated  her  100th 
Anniversary  in  1924,  with  a  big  Homecoming  and  good  preaching. 

In  1926,  a  movement  was  started  for  the  purpose  of  erecting  an 
educational  building  to  relieve  the  congested  condition  of  the  Sunday 
School.  During  the  first  part  of  the  year  1927,  this  house  was  erected 
and  the  main  auditorium  was  repaired  and  refinished  at  a  cost  of 
$7,000.00. 

The  church  school  has  an  able  corps  of  teachers  and  faithful  oflacers 
who  kept  the  Sunday  School  moving  in  a  forward  march,  ever  on  the 
alert  to  improve  the  school  and  increase  its  influence  and  usefulness. 


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The  new  pews  were  put  in  during  Dr.  Frazer's  pastorate.  Three 
pianos  were  also  bought  or  donated.  Dr.  Frazer  started  a  County-wide 
Barbecue  on  a  small  basis  as  a  treat  for  his  Volunteer  Bible  Class. 
It  grew  from  year  to  year  and  the  proceeds  were  used  to  pay  for  the 
Educational  Building  and  other  improvements. 

The  Church  Grounds  were  laid  out,  and  shrubs  and  flowers  were 
planted. 

The  ingathering  reached  its  height  during  Dr.  Frazer's  ministery. 
The  men  gave  the  cotton  from  an  acre  of  land.  The  boys,  girS,  and 
women  donated  some  produce  to  be  sold  for  a  Thank  Offering  for 
Barium  Springs  Orphanage. 

One  year,  we  had  a  big  truck-load  of  cotton  bales  with  Dr.  Frazer 
sitting  on  the  tip-top  of  the  load.  The  picture  was  taken  in  front  of 
the  Church,  and  will  live  in  the  minds  of  all  those  who  saw  it  as  a 
reminder  of  what  can  be  done  by  a  great  leader  and  willing  followers. 
These  were  the  happy,  thrilling  days.  Dr.  Frazer  had  the  faculty  of 
making  work  seem  like  fun  or  pleasure.  Everyone  loved  to  work  for  and 
with  him. 

Presbytery  met  at  Mallard  Creek  in  1933. 

Dr.   Frazer  resigned  his  pastorate  in   1938. 

Mr.  C.  N.  Morrison  was  installed  as  pastor  on  the  first  Sabbath 
of  November,  1938,  and  continued  to  serve  the  congregation  until  1945 
when  he  resigned  to  accept  a  call  to  Bethesda  Presbyterian  Church 
in  South  Carolina.  Mr.  Morrison  was  an  earnest  faithful  pastor,  ever 
looking  forward  for  something  to  keep  the  people  busy  in  the  Lord's 
work. 

Presbytery  met  at  Mallard  Creek  October  20,  1942. 

More  men  and  women  took  the  courses  sponsored  by  Queens  College 
and  the  city  churches  than  at  any  previous  date.  He  saw  that  those 
teachers  and  officers  who  signified  a  willingness  to  go  had  a  way  to  go. 

Mr.  Morrison  edited  a  Church  Paper  each  month — ''The  Mallard 
Creek  Presbyterian."  During  the  war,  he  sent  a  copy  to  each  boy  in 
the  service.  The  boys  were  very  appreciative,  and  wrote  of  thanks,  tell- 
ing how  much  it  meant  to  them  to  have  the  news  from  the  Church 
and  neighborhood. 

The  Community  House  was  fitted  up  as  a  play  place  for  the  young 
people.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Morrison  went  with  them,  and  guided  their  sports. 
The  men  had  a  baseball  game  on  the  playgrounds.  "All  work  and  no 
play  makes  Jack  a  dull  boy,"  was  their  motto. 

Three  or  four  young  people  attended  camp  at  Cheraw  every  summer. 
Mr.  Morrison  always  went  along. 

Rev.  W.  S.  Patterson  was  asked  to  supply  the  Church  until  a  new 
pastor  was  called,  which  he  did  in  a  most  acceptable  manner.  He  kept 
the  Church  working  and  growing.  He  usually  came  with  a  car-full  of 
people  who  had  not  been  attending  regularly — but  who  did  attend  from 
then  on.  Mrs.  Patterson  was  a  fine  worker  in  the  Sabbath  School.  The 
congregation  was  very  fond  of  the  Pattersons  and  as  a  token  of  their 
affection,  the  men  built  a  garage  at  Davidson  for  them  as  a  parting 
remembrance. 


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Henry  Seymour  Robinson  was  called  as  pastor  in  January  of  1947, 
at  a  salary  of  $2,500.00,  and  the  use  of  the  new  manse.  The  new  manse 
is  an  eight  room  brick  house,  very  conveniently  arranged,  with  two 
baths,  running  water,  central  heat,  electricity,  Venetian  blinds,  cabinets 
enough  to  please  any  woman,  and  ample  closets.  The  new  manse  was 
dedicated  in  a  beautiful  service  by  the  pastor  and  his  family  on  Decem- 
ber 8,  1948.    Open  huose  was  held  for  the  members  of  the  congregation. 

The  men  of  the  church  give  an  annual  Barbecue — the  proceeds  of 
which  are  applied  to  the  building  and  grounds  fund. 

The  new  manse  was  built  from  the  accumulated  funds  of  this  source 
at  a  cost  of  approximately  $20,000.00.  A  well  was  drilled  in  1949,  and 
rest  rooms  installed  at  the  Church. 

Mallard  Creek  celebrated  her  125th  Anniversary  on  September  4, 
1949,  with  a  big  Home-coming  and  preaching  by  Dr.  Walter  W.  Pharr, 
minister  of  Mount  Hope  Presbyterian  Church  in  West  Virginia.  He  is 
the  grandson  of  Mallard  Creek's  beloved  W.  W.  Pharr — a  worthy  son 
of  a  noble  father  and  grandfather.  All  the  kith  and  kin  of  the  Pharr 
family  came  to  the  Homecoming,  especially  to  hear  Dr.  Pharr  preach. 
The  Celebration  continued  all  the  next  week,  with  fine  preaching  every 
night  by  Rev.  C.  0.  Williams,  pastor  of  Chandler  Rd.  A.R.P.  Church, 
of  Brookhaven,  Georgia,  and  good  singing  led  by  Gene  Davis  of  Char- 
lotte. The  Celebration  closed  the  Second  Sunday  in  September  with 
the  Celebration  of  The  Lord's  Supper. 

Under  the  wise  guidance  of  the  pastor.  Rev.  Henry  S.  Robinson,  the 
attendance  of  both  Church  and  Sabbath  School  has  increased  to  the 
extent  that  the  congregation  had  to  provide  more  room  for  the  fast 
growing  Sabbath  School. 

In  the  spring  of  1950,  a  campaign  was  started  to  secure  the  necessary 
funds  for  a  building.  An  architect  was  called  in  to  estimate  the  cost 
of  the  building  to  meet  the  needs.  The  estimated  cost  was  $35,000.00. 
The  deacons  canvassed  the  congregation  for  funds  to  start  the  build- 
ing. Those  who  had  timber  donated  trees — others  cut  the  timber  and 
hauled  the  logs  to  the  saw  mill — so  that  there  would  be  no  money  spent 
for  lumber  for  the  proposed  building.  The  men  of  the  Church  worked 
Saturdays  and  two  nights  a  week — doing  such  work  that  did  not  require 
skilled  labor.  The  other  work  was  done  by  contract.  The  building  was 
completed  in  1952. 

The  Women's  Work  was  first  organized  under  the  pastorate  of  Rev. 
W.  W.  Pharr.  The  first  organization  was  known  as  the  Female  Benevo- 
lent Society.    This  is  a  copy  of  the  charter  of  the  first  organization: 

State  of  North  Carolina,  Mecklenburg  County.  We  as  the  members 
of  a  benevolent  Female  Society  belonging  to  the  conc^regation  of 
Mallard  Creek  Church  for  and  in  consideration  of  the  manifold  bless- 
ings which  God  has  been  pleased  to  bestow  in  His  infinite  mercy 
'  upon  us  and  for  the  many  favors  and  privileges  which  we  now  enjoy, 
do  consider  it  to  be  the  imperative  duty  incumbent  upon  each  one 
of  us  is  the  discharge  of  our  Christian  duties  to  contribute  something 
for  the  promotion  of  His  church  and  for  the  propagation  of  benevo- 
lent purposes  in  general  and  in  view  of  these  facts,  we  do  hereby 
pledge  ourselves  to  pay  over  to  the  treasurer  of  the  aforesaid  society 
the  sums  annexed  to  each  of  our  names  annually,  as  at  such  times 
as  may  be  deemed  the  most  appropriate  by  the  Society  to  be  used 


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and  disbursed  with  as  aforesaid.  This  the  27  day  of  April,  1855.  The 
most  of  the  women  of  the  church  belonged  to  the  Female  Benevolent 
Society. 

The  charter  members  were  Elizabeth  Alexander  $1.00,  Martha  Query 
$1.00,  Eliza  Earnhardt  25c,  Margaret  McClean  25c,  Hannah  Garrison 
25c,  E.  S.  Alexander  $1.00,  Isabella  Query  50c,  M.  J.  York  50c,  Mary 
Hutchison  $1.00,  Elizabeth  Cochrane  50c,  Caroline  Alexander  50c,  Mar- 
garet L.  Harry  50c,  Elizabeth  Wear  25c,  Mary  A.  Alexander  20c,  Mar- 
garet Pharr  $1.00,  Sophena  Alexander  $1.00,  Mary  Caldwell  $1.00,  Mary 
A.  Caldwell  50c,  Adeline  Alexander  25c,  Abey  Orr  $1.00,  Margaret 
Dixon  25c,  Nancy  Dixon  25c,  S.  E.  Dixon  50c.  These  names  were  added 
in  1856— Margery  H.  Alexander  $1.00,  Mary  Huey  $1.00,  Mary  Mc- 
Ginnis  25c,  Jane  C.  Query  25c,  Sarah  M.  Query  25c,  E.  M,  Neel  25c, 
Adelade  Kirk  50c,  R.  A.  Alexander  25c,  Mary  Remes  25c. 

For  a  long  time,  the  Benevolent  Society  met  at  the  Church  during 
the  Spring  Communion.  Friday  and  Saturday  were  observed  as  prepara- 
tory services  for  the  Communion  on  the  Sabbath.  All  three  days  were 
strictly  observed  as  a  season  of  prayer  and  worship  with  two  sermons 
daily.  Later,  the  Church  had  spring  and  fall  communions.  The  Female 
Society  kept  pace  by  having  Spring  and  Fall  meetings.  In  1857,  a  Mis- 
sionary Society  was  formed,  but  we  have  no  record  of  who  belonged 
to  this  society.  We  find  receipts  given  by  the  Church  for  money  paid 
to  the  cause  of  missions.  The  Women's  Missionary  Society  continued 
to  function  until  the  consolidation  with  the  Ladies  Aid  Society  in  1915. 

Mrs.  W.  T.  Alexander  was  elected  the  first  president  in  1915,  and 
Mrs.  Martin  Oehler  was  the  last  president  of  the  Ladies  Aid  Society. 
We  worked  under  the  name  of  Ladies  Aid  and  Missionary  Society  until 
July,  1922,  when  we  became  members  of  the  Women's  Auxiliary.  We 
divided  into  circles,  and  have  been  working  in  small  groups  ever  since. 

The  women  of  Mallard  Creek  Church  have  been  willing  workers 
regardless  of  the  name  under  which  they  worked.  The  women  furnished 
the  present  church  with  carpets,  rugs,  communion  sets,  and  Baptismal 
fonts.  They  also  built  the  wire  fence  around  the  new  cemetery,  fur- 
nished the  stove  room  and  the  pastor's  study  at  the  manse.  This  last 
information  was  found  in  an  old  letter  written  by  the  pastor  R.  B. 
Morrow  to  the  N.  C.  Presbyterian  in  1885. 

In  July  1885,  a  committee  was  appointed  to  buy  a  tract  of  land  not 
to  exceed  25  or  30  acres  for  the  purpose  of  erecting  a  manse  for  the 
pastor  of  the  Church.  The  land  and  the  erection  of  the  manse  combined 
did  not  exceed  a  $1,000.00.  The  house  was  a  seven  room,  two  story 
building  with  front  and  back  porches,  with  a  well  installed  on  the  back 
porch.  A  barn  and  a  garden  were  enclosed  with  a  fence  on  the  property. 
Mr.  R.  B.  Morrow  was  the  first  pastor  to  live  in  this  manse. 

Mallard  Creek  Sabbath  School  was  organized  in  June,  1861.  B.  H. 
Garrison  was  elected  superintendent  and  John  Kirk  assistant  superin- 
tendent. They  served  for  thirteen  years.  Mr.  Garrison  resigned  in 
1874,  and  McAmmie  W.  Caldwell  was  elected  superintendent  with  John 
Kirk  remaining  assistant  superintendent.  They  continued  in  this  capa- 
city until  September  18,  1876. 

The  Sabbath  School  was  reorganized  on  April  29,  1877.  H.  M.  Dixon 
was  elected  superintendent  and  B.  H.  Garrison,  assistant  superintendent. 

In  1878,  John  R.  Pharr  was  elected  assistant  superintendent. 


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One  of  the  significant  things  in  the  history  of  Mallard  Creek  Church 
is  the  loyalty  of  the  membership  to  those  things  that  have  been  proposed 
by  their  chosen  and  constituted  leaders.  We  stand  today  in  the  midst 
of  life  looking  back  upon  the  gains  which  arise  in  our  vision  from  the 
achievement  of  our  forefathers.  We  look  to  the  things  which  challenge 
us  and  call  for  our  very  best.  We  have  a  great  heritage  in  what  has 
been  done;  we  have  a  great  urge  to  do  the  things  as  nobly  in  our  day 
as  our  forefathers  did  in  their  day. 

John  and  Henderson  Dixon,  Junius  Hunter,  Eldred  Flow,  Luther 
Query,  William  Benfield,  and  Homer  Spencer  have  gone  from  this  con- 
gregation and  have  preached  the  gospel  of  Jesus  Christ  in  other  Pres- 
byteries and  in  other  Synods. 

The  following  members  of  Mallard  Creek  Church  have  served  their 
fellowmen  as  doctors — Dr.  J.  H.  Bigham,  Dr.  W.  W.  Pharr,  Dr.  J.  W. 
Flow,  Dr.  Victor  Hunter,  Dr.  Frank  Flow,  Dr.  Gerden  Foster,  and  Dr. 
James  Moses  Alexander. 

In  two  other  lines  of  Christian  endeavor,  mention  should  be  made  of 
faithfulness  in  service.  I  refer  first  to  the  Clerks  of  the  Session  in  this 
Church.  Three  names  stretch  over  a  long  period  of  recording  of  the 
history  of  this  organization.  The  one  is  B.  H.  Garrison,  who  began  as 
clerk  of  session  on  May  27,  1853,  and  laid  down  his  pen,  retiring  from 
this  office  on  March  25,  1894.  Another  name  is  F.  E.  Query,  who  was 
elected  to  the  office  upon  the  retirement  of  Mr.  Garrison  and  who  con- 
tinued until  October  7,  1900.  Mr.  R.  W.  Alexander  made  his  first  entry 
in  the  session  book  as  clerk  on  May  2,  1901  and  continued  to  be  the 
faithful  scribe  who  put  down  the  things  that  were  done  in  the  church 
until  his  death,  February  12,  1939.  Mr.  W.  B.  Bingham  was  then  elected 
to  succeed  Mr.  Alexander,  and  is  the  faithful  clerk  of  the  session  at 
the  present  time. 

For  twenty-one  years.  Ruling  Elder  J.  C.  Kirk  wisely  and  faithfully 
served  as  Superintendent  of  the  Sabbath  School.  He  was  noted  for  his 
punctuality — never  late  for  Church  or  Sunday  School — always  at  the 
post  of  duty  in  a  quiet  gentle  manner. 

For  twenty-six  years,  the  Ruling  Elder,  H.  Y.  Galloway  wisely  guided 
the  destinies  of  the  Bible  School  of  this  congregation,  with  tact  and 
wisdom.  He  secured  teachers,  effected  organizations,  directed  the  efforts, 
conserved  and  increased  the  interest,  and  made  the  Sunday  School  to 
be  one  of  the  outstanding  Sunday  Schools  of  a  country  church  in  the 
entire  Southern  General  Assembly.  Upon  his  resignation,  March  31, 
1939,  Ruling  Elder  J.  A.  Kirk  was  elected  for  a  term  of  two  years  and 
faithfully  guided  the  Sabbath  School  until  the  expiration  of  his  term 
of  office  March  31,  1941.  It  was  during  Mr.  Kirk's  administration  that 
the  first  Daily  Vacation  Bible  School  ever  to  be  held  in  this  church 
was  conducted. 

The  following  is  a  copy  of  the  present  directory  of  the  Church. 

(1952-53) 

The  Session 

H.  S.  Robinson,  Moderator  W.  B.  Bingham,   Clerk 

B.  W.   Alexander  Fred  R.  Johnston 

Fred  W.  Alexander  J.    A.   Kirk 


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W.  S.  Benfield  J.  K.   McLaughlin 

E.  W.  Christenbury  W.  O.  Monteith 

George  D.  Deaton  Charles  H.  Oehler 

L.   C.  Hunter  W.  S.  Wilson 

The  Diaconate 

Vester  McLauglin,  '54,  Chairman       E.  F.  McLaughlin,  '53,  Secretary 

0.  B.  Cochran,  '53  0.  M.  Johnston,  '54 

Alex  S.   Garrison,  '53  J.  W.  Oehler,  Jr.,  '54 

J.  W.  Garrison,  '53  R.  H.  Caldwell,  '55 

M.   E.   Oehler,   '53  S.  W.  Christenbury,  '55 

Bain  Wilson,  '53  Charles  N.  Fesperman,  '55 

Jay   M.  Alexander,  '54  C.  J.  Garrison,  '55 

John  M.  Foster,  '54  J.    Allen    Greer,    '55 

J.  L.  Henderson,  '54  Sam  L.  Penninger,  '55 

Church  Treasurer    Alex  S.  Garrison 

Assistant  Church  Treasurer    John  M.  Foster 

Building  Fund  Treasurer   S.  W.  Christenbury 

The  Sunday  School 

Merle  F.  Untz Superintendent 

Charles  N.  Fesperman    Assistant  Superintendent 

Jennie  Sue  Christenbury Secretary 

Ralph   G.   McLaughlin    Treasurer 

Mrs.  Myrtle  Crenshaw  Superintendent  Primary  Department 

Mrs.  R.  W.  Alexander,  Jr Supt.,  Junior-Intermediate  Department 

The  Women  of  The  Church 

Mrs.  E.  F.  McLaughlin    President 

Mrs.  Charles  N.  Fesperman Vice-President 

Mrs.  H.  S.  Robinson   Secretary 

Mrs.  J.  E.  Kirk   Treasurer 

Mrs.  W.  T.  Alexander,  Sr Historian 

The  Circle   Chairmen 

Mrs.  L.  C.  Hunter   Circle  Number  1 

Mrs.  B.  W.  Alexander    Circle  Number  2 

Mrs.  S.  W.  Christenbury   Circle  Number  3 

Mrs.  J.  T.  Price  Ava  Morrison 

Mrs.  R.  W.  Alexander,  Jr.  Mary  and  Martha 

Mrs.  M.  E.  Oehler  Patterson 

Men's  Fellowship  Club 

Merle  F.  Untz    President 

W.  T.  Alexander   Vice  President 

Jay  M.  Alexander   Secretary 

The  Young  People  of  The  Church 

Jennie  Sue  Christenbury   President 

Nancy  Holland Vice  President 

Beth  Holland    Secretary 

Gene   McLaughlin    Treasurer 


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Junior  Fellowship  Group 

Seymour  Robinson    President 

Bill  Untz   Vice  President 

Zonelle   Price    Secretary- 
Kenneth    Staton    Treasurer 

Church  Pianists 

John   M.  Foster  Charles  N.  Fesperman 


As  we  stand  in  this  crucial  hour,  looking  upon  what  has  been  done 
and  forward  to  what  is  yet  to  be  done,  we  hear  ringing  in  our  ears 
the  promise  and  assurance  of  our  beloved  Master — "Fear  not,  little  flock, 
for  it  is  your  Father's  good  pleasure  to  give  you  the  Kingdom"  and 
we  believe  that  as  one  man,  this  congregation  will  rise  up  to  meet  this 
challenge  and  carry  on  in  the  name  and  unto  the  glory  of  their  God  and 
Father. 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled  dur- 
ing the  meeting  of  Presbytery. 

Ministers— J.  W.  Grier,  C.  H.  Little,  J.  W.  Stork,  W.  H.  Frazer, 
W.  H.  Johnston,  B.  Frank  Yandell,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B.  Neill,  C.  D. 
Whiteley,  R.  A.  Young,  C.  M.  Boyd,  D.  K.  Synder,  W.  T.  Smith,  R.  H. 
Stone,  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  C.  G.  McClure,  S.  M.  Inman,  F.  C.  Pratt,  Jonas 
Barclay,  W.  M.  Walsh,  F.  S.  Johnston,  A.  Leslie  Thompson,  W.  A. 
Gamble,  Roy  F.  Whitley,  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Warner  L.  Hall,  T.  W.  Mac- 
Lean,  Henry  S.  Robinson,  S.  M.  Hutchison,  C.  H.  Rowan,  R.  C.  Long, 
J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  H.  G.  Bedinger,  C.  S.  Miller,  Ben  F.  Moore,  Hugh 

B.  Carter,  Watt  M.  Cooper,  H.  D.  Hayward,  G.  Dana  Waters,  Olin  M. 
Whitener,  W.  J.  Huneycutt,  Daniel  E.  Carlton,  Samuel  H.  Zealy,  W.  B. 
McSwain,  H.  E.  Mallinson,  C.  Wayne  Potter,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  D.  E.  Wilk- 
inson, E.  B.  Cooper,  Ira  H.  Rawles,  J.  P.  Holder,  Lawrence  I.  Stell, 
J.  Gilbert  Kirckhoff,  M.  G.  Lyerly,  A.  H.  Key,  R.  W.  Rayburn,  H.  L. 
Thomas,  Hugh  D.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce,  Russell  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  Mc- 
Lean, R.  G.  Laurens,  R.  G.  Balnicky,  Stewart  W.  Yandle,  J.  E.  Wayland, 
Jr.,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  James  R.  Crook,  Milos  Strupl,  Sheldon  A.  Koesy, 
Crawford  A.  White— 70. 

Ruling  Elders — David  M.  Morrow,  Albemarle  First;  S.  A.  Boaz,  Jr., 
Albemarle  Second;  J.  C.  Kuck,  Amity;  H.  D-  Aitken,  Avondale;  F.  E. 
Crane,  Banks;   0.  V.  Horton,  Benton  Heights;   J.  Boyce  Knox,  Bethel; 

C.  P.  Smart,  Bethlehem;  Roy  W.  Robinson,  Caldwell  Memorial;  H.  F. 
Baldwin,  Cameronian;  J.  0.  Hawfield,  Camp  Greene,  T.  M.  Blackwelder, 
Central  Steele  Creek;  J.  Y.  Pharr,  Jr.,  Charlotte  First;  R.  Fred  Dunn, 
Commonwealth;  W.  D.  McClure,  Cook's  Memorial;  John  C.  Bradley, 
Covenant;  R.  E.  McCoy,  Eastminister;  A.  R.  Shaw,  Jr.,  Hopewell;  J.  F. 
Henderson,  Huntersville;  R.  F.  Furr,  Indian  Hill;  E.  J.  Stinson,  Indian 
Trail;  T.  M.  Hartsell,  Locust;  C.  W.  Allred,  Macedonia;  W.  B.  Bingham, 
Mallard  Creek;  Fred  Horton,  Marshville;  A.  M.  Cathey,  McGee;  A.  R. 
Cathey,  McQuay  Memorial;  T.  Carl  McCain,  Monroe  First;  Frank  M. 
Nash,  Mt.  Gilead;  John  F.  Eggleston,  Mulberry;  Louis  L.  Rose,  Myers 
Park;  G.  D.  Cloninger,  Nevin;  Fred  A.  Cochrane,  Newell;  W.  R.  Howie, 


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North  Charlotte;  W.  S.  Lisenby,  Norwood;  W.  D.  Vanderburgh,  Page- 
land;  Robert  L.  Killian,  Paw  Creek;  J.  W.  Flowe,  Philadelphia;  J.  R. 
Miller,  Pineville;  C.  A.  Kirkpatrick,  Plaza;  J.  R.  Currence,  Pleasant 
Hills;  J.  A.  Blakeney,  Providence;  A.  M.  Sims,  Rehoboth;  W.  C.  Flowers, 
Robinson;  J.  W.  Craig,  Jr.,  St.  Andrews;  E.  G.  Butler,  St.  Paul;  Perry 
L.  Alexander,  Sardis;  D.  F.  Westmoreland,  Selwyn  Avenue;  H.  P.  Kirk- 
patrick, Sharon;  I.  W.  Keels,  Siler;  K.  W.  Wiggins,  Smallwood;  G. 
Dewey  Kluttz,  South  Park;  R.  F.  Freeman,  Steele  Creek;  Jack  Baucom, 
Stephenson;  J.  Reid  Abernathy,  Sugaw  Creek;  E.  L.  Garrett,  Sunset 
Hills;  T.  E.  Gray,  Tenth  Avenue;  E.  G.  Davis,  Thomasboro;  W.  O.  John- 
ston, Trinity;  D.  E.  Glenn,  Turner;  D.  F.  Garriss,  Wadesboro;  S.  W. 
Puckett,  West  Avenue;  N.  F.  Quinn,  Westminster;  W.  R.  Price,  Williams 
Memorial;  H.  F.  Porter,  Wilmore — 65. 

The  following  Ministers  were  introduced  to  the  Presby- 
tery and  invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren:  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner 
of  St.  John's  Presbytery ;  Rev.  Milton  Faust  of  Concord  Pres- 
bytery ;  Rev.  J.  C.  Jones,  of  the  Newell  Baptist  Church ;  Rev. 
S.  A.  Boyce  of  the  Back  Creek  Associate  Reformed  Presby- 
terian Church ;  Rev.  Henry  S.  Schum  of  Guerrant  Presbytery 
and  Rev.  Leon  Anderson  of  Central  Alabama  Presbytery. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  were 
introduced. 

The  Stated  Clerk  announced  that  a  quorum  was  present. 

Moderator  Elected — The  Rev.  Lawrence  L  Stell,  Moderator 
Nominee  was  elected  Moderator. 

Committee  on  Arrangements — The  following  report  of  the 
Committee  on  Arrangements  was  read  and  adopted: 

Your  Committee  on  Arrangements  recommends  that  the  Presbytery 
follow  the  printed  docket  with  the  following  modifications: 

1.  That  the  first  order  immediately  after  the  Reception  of  Ministers 
and  Candidates  be  granted  the  Sub-Committee  on  Evangelism  for  the 
purpose  of  hearing  The  Rev.  Milton  Faust,  Synod's  Director  of  Evangel- 
ism. 

2.  That  immediately  after  the  Presbytery  has  head  Mr.  Faust  time 
be  granted  the  Committee  on  Education  to  hear  representatives  from 
two  of  our  colleges. 

3.  That  Presbytery  take  recess  for  lunch  at  12:30  P.M.  and  reconvene 
at  1:30  P.M. 

4.  That   Presbytery   adjourn    at   will. 

H.  S.  Robinson,  Chairman 


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DOCKET 

1.  Opening-  Exercises — Dr.  C.  W.  Robinson,  M.D.,  Retiring  Moderator: 

2.  Memorials. 

3.  History  of  Mallard  Creek  Presbyterian  Church — Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson. 

4.  Enrollment — Members   of   Presbytery,   Visiting   Brethren,   Introduc- 
tion of  Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time. 

5.  Election  of  Moderator — Rev.  Lawrence  I.  Stell,  Nominee. 

6.  Report  of  Committee  on  Arrangements — Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson. 

7.  Appointment   of    Standing    Committees.    (Two    Ministers    and   Two 
Elders.) 

1.  Bills  and  Ovetures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery. 

8.  Communications. 

9.  Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  R.  C.  Long. 

2.  Other    Commissions. 

10.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

11.  Calls  for  Pastors  and   Supplies. 

12.  Report   of    Executive   and    Permanent    Committees. 

1.  Presbytery's  Council — Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier. 

2.  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley. 

3.  Committee  on  Education — Rev.  H.   G.  Bedinger. 

4.  Committee  on  Assembly's  Work — Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff. 

13.  Report  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial   Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery. 

14.  Election  of  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly.  (Second  order 
after  lunch.) 

15.  Unfinished   Business.    (Manual   Change   for   second   reading,   Home 
Mission  Sub-Corn.) 

16.  New  Business.    (Amendments  to  Book   of  Church   Order.) 

17.  Place  of  Next  Meeting. 

18.  Nomination  of  Moderator.    (First  Order  after  lunch.) 

19.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

20.  Adjournment. 

Comunications — The  following  Communications  were  read 
and  disposed  of  as  indicated. 

1.  From  the  following  Ministers  requesting  to  be  excused  from  at- 
tendance upon  this  session  of  Presbytery;  Rev.  Geo.  A.  Fletcher,  S.  M. 
Glasgow,  J.  A.  Jones,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  H.  V.  Carson.  The  requests 
were   granted. 


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2.  From  Synod^s  Office  urging  Church  Sessions  to  provide  the  office 
with  a  family  mailing  list  of  its  members.  This  was  received  as  in- 
formation. 

3.  From  Rev.  W.  H.  Frazer  requesting  permission  to  labor  outside 
the  bounds  of  Presbytery  for  six  months  to  engage  in  supply  work  in 
the  Synod  of  Florida.    The  request  was  granted. 

4.  From  the  Stated  Clerk  of  the  Synod  announcements  concerning 
certain  supplemental  offerings  to  be  taken  in  the  spring.  This  was 
received   as   information. 

5.  From  the  sub-Committee  on  Home  Missions  of  the  Committee  on 
Church  Extension  a  request  that  the  Presbytery  deed  the  Manse  on  the 
Monroe  Road  to  the  Eastminster  Presbyterian  Church.  The  request  was 
granted. 

6.  From  Synod's  Committee  on  Radio  reminding  the  Presbytery 
that  the  Synod  had  adopted  the  recommendation  that  Presbyterian 
Meditations  be  continued  from  January  through  Easter,  1953,  with 
emphasis  on  Evangelism.    Received  as  information. 

7.  From  Chaplain  James  B.  Reaves  reporting  his  labors  and  dili- 
gence in  the  service.    Received  as  information. 

Appointment  of  Standing  Committees — The  Moderator  ap- 
pointed the  following  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures— Rev.  C.  S.  Miller,  Rev.  R.  C.  Long,  J.  Y. 
Pharr,  Jr.,   C.  W.  Robinson,   Chairman. 

2.  Installations — Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  Chairman,  Rev.  F.  S.  John- 
ston, P.  L.  Alexander,  J.  W.  Flowe. 

3.  Judicial  Business — Rev.  C.  G.  McClure,  Chairman,  Rev.  Horace  L. 
Thomas,  Louis  L.  Rose,  John  C.  Bradley. 

4.  Resolutions — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  Chairman,  Rev.  J.  R.  Crook, 
T.  E.  Gray,  0.  V.  Horton. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Chairman,  Rev.  R.  G. 
Balnicky,  Dr.  W.  0.  Johnston,  David  M.  Morrow. 

Report  of  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His  Work — The 

following  report  of  the  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His 
Work  was  read  and  admitted  to  record. 

Since  the  last  meeting  of  Presbytery,  on  request  of  Rev.  J.  B. 
Ficklen,  the  congregation  concurring,  the  pastoral  relation  between  Mr. 
Ficklen  and  the  Covenant  Church  was  dissolved  and  he  was  granted  a 
letter  of  transfer  to  Albemarle  Presbytery. 

The  Commission  has  received  and  approved  the  following  calls,  and 
recommends  that  they  be  placed  in  the  hands  of  the  respective  men  at 
the  proper  time: 

1.  From  the  Hopewell  Church  for  the  services  of  the  Rev.  Henry 
S.  Schum. 

2.  From  the  Oakboro  and  Ridgecrest  churches  for  the  services  of 
Mr.  Archie  C.  Graham,  senior  in  Louisville  Theological  Seminary. 

3.  From  the  St.  Andrews  Church  for  the  services  of  the  Rev.  J.  S. 
Garner. 

Roswell  C.  Long,  Chairman 


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Ministers  Received — The  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  and  the  Rev. 
Henry  S.  Schum  seeking  membership  in  Mecklenburg  Pres- 
bytery presented  certificates  of  transfer  from  St.  Johns  Pres- 
bytery and  Guerrant  Presbytery  respectively  which  were 
found  in  order  and  Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine  them  ac- 
cording to  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The 
Examination  was  approved  as  satisfactory  and  the  Ministers 
were  enrolled  upon  their  signing  of  the  Covenant. 

A  Call  from  St.  Andrews  Church  was  placed  in  the  hands 
of  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  and  was  accepted  by  him. 

A  Call  from  the  Hopewell  Church  was  placed  in  the  hands 
of  Rev.  Henry  S.  Schum  and  was  accepted  by  him. 

Commissions  were  appointed  to  install  the  Ministers  (See 
report  of  the  Committee  on  Installations.) 

Reports  of  Commissions — The  following  Commissions  ap- 
pointed by  the  Presbytery  made  their  reports  which  were  ad- 
mitted to  record. 

1.  To  install  Rev.  B.  F.  Ferguson  at  Pageland,  Beulah  & 
Salem  Churches: 

The  Commission  to  install  Rev.  B.  F.  Ferguson  at  Pageland,  Salem 
and  Beulah  Churches  met  at  Pageland  Church  on  November  23,  1952 
at  10:30  A.M. 

The  Commission  was  called  to  order  by  the  Chairman,  Rev.  B.  F. 
Yandell. 

Members  present  were:  Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell,  Rev.  Jonas  Barclay, 
Elder,  Dr.  C.  A.  Bolt  and  W.  D.  Van  Derburgh. 

The  meeting  was  opened  by  prayer  by  Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell. 

Elder  W.  D.  Van  Derburgh  was  elected  Clerk. 

The  Commission  joined  with  the  congregation  in  a  worship  service 
in  the   Sanctuary. 

Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell  preached  the  sermon. 

Prayer  of  installation  was  by  Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell. 

Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell  propounded  the  constitutional  questions  and  de- 
clared Rev.  B.  F.  Ferguson  the  duly  elected  and  installed  pastor  of 
Pageland  Church. 

Rev.  Jonas  Barclay  charged  the  pastor. 

Elder,  Dr.  C.  A.  Bolt  charged  the  congregation. 

Rev.  B.  F.  Ferguson  pronounced  the  benediction. 

The  Commission  took  recess  until  3:00  P.M. 

The  Commission  reconvened  at  3:00  P.M.  at  Salem  Presbyterian 
Church  and  joined  with  the  congregation  in  a  worship  service. 

Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell  presided. 

Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell  gave  prayer  of  invocation. 


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Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan  preached  the  sermon. 

Prayer  of  Installation  by  Elder  W.  D.  Van  Derburgh. 

B.  F.  Yandell  propounded  the  constitutional  questions  and  declared 
Rev.  B.  F.  Ferguson  the  duly  elected  and  installed  pastor  of  Salem 
Church. 

Rev.  Jonas  Barclay  charged  the  pastor. 

Elder  W.  D.  Van  Derburgh  charged  the  congregation. 

Rev.  B.  F.  Ferguson  pronounced  the  benediction. 

The    Commission    took    recess    until    7:30    P.M. 

The  Commission  reconvened  at  7:30  P.M.  at  Beulah  Church  and 
joined  with  the   congregation  in   a  worship   service. 

Prayer  of  invocation  was  by  Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell. 

Rev.  Jonas  Barclay  preached  the  sermon. 

Prayer  of  Installation  was  by  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan. 

Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell  propounded  the  constitutional  questions  and  de- 
clared Rev.  B.  F.  Ferguson  the  duly  elected  and  installed  pastor  of 
Beulah   Church. 

Elder  W.  D.  Van  Derburgh  charged  the  pastor. 

Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan  charged  the  congregation. 

Rev.  B.  F.  Ferguson  pronounced  the  benediction. 

The  minutes  of  the  Commission  were  read  and  approved  after  which 
the  Commission  adjourned  with  prayer  by  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan. 

Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell,  Chairman 
Elder  W.  D.  Van  Derburgh,  Clerk 

2.  To  install  Rev.  J.  R.  Crook  at  Mulberry  Church: 

The  commission  appointed  by  Presbytery  to  install  the  Reverend 
James  R.  Crook  pastor  of  the  Mulberry  Church  met  in  the  office  of  the 
church  at  7:15  the  evening  of  November  9.  The  following  members  of 
the  Commission  were  present:  The  Reverends  Roswell  C.  Long,  alter- 
nate to  the  chairman  Reverend  Hugh  B.  Carter,  Warner  L.  Hall,  Milos 
Strupl,  and  Chas.  M.  Boyd,  and  Elders  W.  R.  Crook  and  Emmett  Crook, 
father  and  uncle  respectively  of  the  pastor  to  be  installed.  Dr.  Long 
called  the  commission  to  order.  Prayer  was  offered  by  Dr.  Hall.  Dr. 
Boyd  was   elected  clerk. 

At  7:30  the  commission  repaired  to  the  sanctuary.  Dr.  Long  led 
the  devotions,  and  after  the  sermon  by  Dr.  Hall,  propounded  the  con- 
stitutional questions.  Elder  W.  R.  Crook  led  in  an  installation  prayer. 
Dr.  Boyd  delivered  the  charge  to  the  pastor.  Mr.  Strupl  charged  the 
congregation. 

The  commission  followed  by  the  officers  of  the  church  extended  the 
right  hand  of  greeting  to  the  new  pastor.  After  the  benediction  by  the 
new  pastor  the  members  of  the  congregation  extended  to  him  and  Mrs. 
Crook  the  glad  hand  of  welcome. 

The  commission  returned  to  the  church  office.  The  minutes  of  the 
meeting  were  read  and  approved  and  the  commission  was  adjourned 
with  prayer. 

Chas.  M.  Bovd,  Clerk 


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3.  To  ordain  and  install  Mr.  Crawford  A.  White  at  Locust 
and  Indian  Hill  Churches: 

The  Commission  appointed,  by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  to  ordain 
and  install  Mr.  Crawford  A.  White,  met  in  the  basement  of  the  Locust 
Presbyterian  Church  on  Sunday  evening,  November  2nd,  at  5:55  P.M. 
Those  present  were:  Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore  of  the  First  Church  of  Albe- 
marle, Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Executive  Secretary,  Rev.  W.  Ted  Smith  of 
Wilmore,  and  the  elders  from  the  Locust  Church — John  M.  Jenkins,  T. 
M.  Hartsell,  W.  K.  Helms,  Leonard  Barbee,  Earnest  Hatley,  R.  C.  Tucker 
and  Fetzer  Hartsell.  The  meeting  was  called  to  order  by  the  chairman, 
Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore.  Rev.  Moore  opened  the  meeting  with  prayer  and 
Rev.  W.  Ted  Smith  was  elected  clerk. 

The  Commission  then  joined  the  congregation  for  the  ordination  and 
installation  service  in  the  sanctuary.  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan  was  invited  to 
sit  with  the  Commission.  Mr.  White  preached  the  sermon  from  Isaiah 
53.  A  motion  was  made  by  Rev.  Smith  and  seconded  by  Rev.  Stone 
that  the  sermon  be  accepted  as  a  satisfactory  part  of  the  ordination. 
The  ordination  prayer  was  led  by  Rev.  Smith;  the  charge  to  Rev.  White 
was  made  by  Rev.  Moore;  and  the  charge  to  the  congregation  by  Rev. 
Stone.  After  which.  Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore,  presiding,  declared  Rev.  C.  A. 
White  duly  ordained  and  installed  pastor  of  the  Locust  Presbyterian 
Church.    Rev.  C.  A.  White  pronounced  the  benediction. 

The  Commission  reconvened  at  7:30  P.M.  at  the  Indian  Hill  Church  to 
install  Rev.  White  in  this  church.  Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore  opened  the  meet- 
ing with  prayer  and  Rev.  W.  Ted  Smith  preached  the  sermon  from  II 
Timothy  2:21.  Rev.  Moore  charged  the  new  pastor  and  Rev.  Stone  gave 
the  charge  to  the  congregation.  Elders  present  from  the  Indian  Hill 
Church  were  W.  J.  Lee  and  R.  F.  Furr.  Rev.  C.  A.  White  pronounced 
the  benediction. 

The  Commission  met  after  the  two  services  and  approved  the  min- 
utes and  were  dismissed  with  prayer. 

Ben  F.  Moore,  Chairman 
W.  Ted  Smith,  Clerk 

4.  To  install  Rev.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit  at  Matthews  Church: 

The  commission  to  install  Rev.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit  pastor  at  Matthews 
Presbyterian  Church  met  in  the  pastor's  study  at  7:15  P.M.,  November 
9,  1952.  The  commission  was  called  to  order  by  the  Chairman,  Dr. 
J.  O.  Mann  and  the  meeting  opened  with  prayer  by  Elder  Frank  C. 
Stanton.  R.  A.  Grier  was  appointed  secretary.  Members  present:  Dr. 
J.  O.  Mann,  Dr.  S.  M.  Glasgow,  Elders  Frank  C.  Stanton,  J.  W.  Russell 
and  R.  A.  Grier,  and  by  invitation  and  appointment  of  Presbytery,  Rev. 
George  M.  Wilcox,  pastor  of  Rocky  River  Church  in  Concord  Presbytery. 

The  commission  then  joined  the  congregation  in  the  service  of  wor- 
ship in  the  sanctuary  led  by  Dr.  Mann.  Dr.  S.  M.  Glasgow  preached 
the  sermon  from  the  text  Isaiah  40:31.  Dr.  Mann  propounded  the  con- 
stitutional questions  which  were  answered  affirmatively  by  the  pastor- 
elect  and  the  congregation  and  declared  Rev.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit  duly  in- 
stalled as  pastor.  The  prayer  of  dedication  was  led  by  Dr.  Glasgow. 
Rev.  G.  M.  Wilcox  charged  the  pastor  and  Elder  R.  A.  Grier  charged 
the  congregation.  The  benediction  was  pronounced  by  the  newly  installed 
pastor. 


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The  commission  then  retired  to  the  study,  reviewed  and  approved 
the  minutes  and  adjourned  with  prayer  by  Dr.  Mann,  and  then  joined 
the  congregation  in  the  social  hall  in  an  informal  reception  honoring 
Rev.  and  Mrs.  Nesbit. 

Rufus  A.  Grier,  Secretary 

Synod's  Director  of  Evangelism — The  Rev.  Milton  Faust, 
the  Director  of  Evangelism  for  the  Synod  of  North  Carolina 
addressed  the  Presbytery  on  the  subject  of  Evangelism.  His 
address  was  received  with  gratitude. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education— The  Rev. 
Roy  F.  Whitley,  chairman  of  the  Committee  on  Ministerial 
Education  presented  to  the  Presbytery  Mr.  Edgar  Dean  Byers 
of  the  Sunset  Hills  Presbyterian  Church  and  Mr.  Richard 
Moore  Prather  of  the  Caldwell  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church 
as  candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry  seeking  to  be  taken 
under  the  care  of  Presbytery.  Upon  the  recommendation  of 
the  Committee  the  Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine  the 
young  men  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of 
Church  Order.  The  examination  was  approved  as  satisfactory. 
The  Rev.  Hugh  B.  Carter  delivered  the  charge  and  Rev.  C.  E. 
S.  Kraemer  and  Rev.  C.  G.  McClure  led  in  prayer.  Mr.  Byers 
and  Mr.  Prather  were  received  under  the  care  of  the  Presby- 
tery as  candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Installations — The  Committee  on 
Installations  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

We  recommend  the  appointment  of  the  following  Commissions: 

1.  To  install  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  at  St.  Andrews  Church;  Rev.  R.  C. 
Long  to  preside  and  preach;  Rev.  M.  G.  Lyerly  to  propound  the  Con- 
stitutional questions;  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  to  charge  the  pastor;  Ruling 
Elder  Nat  White  to  charge  the  congregation.  Alternate  elders  to  be 
T.  M.  Glasgow  and  J.  W.  Craig,  Jr.  The  time  for  the  Installation  service 
to  be  February  8,  1953  at  7:30  P.M. 

2.  To  install  Henry  S.  Schum  at  Hopewell  Church  February  1,  1953 
at  7:30  P.M.;  Rev.  B.  Frank  Yandell  to  preside,  propound  the  constitu- 
tional questions  and  to  charge  the  Minister;  Rev.  J.  E.  Wayland  on 
invitation  of  the  Presbytery  to  preach  the  sermon,  Rev.  F.  C.  Pratt  to 
charge  the  congregation.  Ruling  Elder  T.  M.  Glasgow  to  lead  the  prayer 
of  invocation,  with  elder  C.  L.  Elliott  as  alternate. 

The  quorum  for  these  Commissions  to  be  two  Ministers  and  one  elder. 

Report  of  Sub-Committee  on   Educational  Institutions — 

The  Sub-Committee  introduced  to  the  Presbytery  Dr.  C.  C. 
Jernigan  of  Queens  College  and  Dr.  Ernest  A.  Beaty  of  David- 
son who  addressed  the  Presbytery  on  the  vital  subject  of  our 
Educational  Institutions. 


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These  addresses  were  received  with  pleasure  and  great 
profit. 

Recess — The  Presbytery  recessed  at  12:30  for  lunch  and 
was  led  in  prayer  by  the  Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff. 

AFTERNOON  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  at  1:30  P.M.  and  was  led  in  prayer 
by  the  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper. 

Moderator  Nominated — The  Rev.  Hugh  B.  Carter  was 
elected  as  Moderator  Nominee  for  the  next  meeting  of  Pres- 
bytery. 

Recommendation  to  Board  of  Christian  Education — The 

Stated  Clerk  was  requested  to  write  a  letter  of  recommenda- 
tion to  the  Board  of  Christian  Education  expressing  the  Pres- 
bytery's esteem  for  Rev.  Leon  Anderson  who  will  soon  take 
up  his  new  work  as  Director  of  Christian  Education  for 
Snedecor  Region. 

Amay  James  Church — The  pulpit  of  the  Amay  James 
Church  was  declared  vacant  as  of  February  1,  1953  and  the 
Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  was  appointed  Moderator  of  the  Session  until 
such  time  as  a  new  pastor  is  secured. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Education — The  Committee  on 
Education  made  its  report.  The  report  was  received  as  in- 
formation and  the  following  recommendations  were  adopted: 

1.  That  a  supplemental  report  of  the  Committee  on  Education  be 
placed  on  the  docket  of  the  spring  meeting  of  Presbytery. 

2.  That  the  attention  of  our  Ministers  and  churches  be  called  to  the 
World  Day  of  Prayer  for  Students  around  the  World,  February  15, 
1953  and  that  appropriate  observance  of  this  event  be  made  a  part  of 
the  services  on  that  Sunday. 

3.  That  December  27,  1953  be  observed  as  Christian  Student  Night 
in  our  churches  as  one  important  means  of  strengthening  the  ties  be- 
tween our  students  on  College  Campuses  and  their  home  Churches. 

4.  That  prospective  College  students  and  their  parents  in  our 
churches  be  urged  to  consider  fully  the  advantages  offered  by  our  Church 
colleges  for  the  training  they  desire. 

5.  That  Presbytery  hear  Dr.  J.  R.  Cunningham  and  Dr.  C.  C.  Jerni- 
gan  in  behalf  of  Davidson  and  Queens  College  respectively  as  a  part  of 
the  report. 

6.  That  Presbytery  express  its  sincere  appreciation  to  the  Conference 
leaders  and  Counsellors  for  their  fine  work  with  the  Young  People  at 
Camp   Stewart. 


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7.  That  individual  Churches  be  encouraged  to  accept  projects  for 
the  improvement  of  the  property  and  equipment  of  the  Camp. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Assembly's  Work — The  Commit- 
tee on  Assembly's  Work  made  its  report  which  was  received 
as  information.  The  following  recommendations  were  adopted : 

1.  That  the  Churches  observe  World  Mission  Week,  January  25th 
through  February  1st  as  a  period  for  special  self  denial  and  prayer  on 
behalf  of  World  Missions. 

2.  That  pastors  present  the  urgent  need  for  prayer  and  gifts  for 
the  missionary  enterprise  at  this  season  of  the  year  and  express  thanks 
to  God  for  the  many  new  young  workers  who  have  gone  forth  during  the 
past  year. 

Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly  elected — The  fol- 
lowing Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly  meeting  at 
Montreat,  N.  C.  on  June  4,  1953,  were  elected: 

Ministers  Principals  Ministers  Alternates 

H.    S.   Robinson  Warner   L.   Hall 

R.   H.    Stone  W.   A.   Gamble 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.  0.  M.  Whitener 

J.  W.  Grier  E.  B.  Cooper 

A.  T.  Taylor  C.  H.  Little 

L.  I.  Stell  Watt  M.   Cooper 

H.  G.  Bedinger  R.  M.  Kerr 

Ruling  Elder  Principals  Ruling  Elder  Alternates 

A.  R.  Shaw,  Jr. — Hopewell  B.   A.   Sutton — Commonwealth 
Dr.  J.  M.  Alexander — Myers  Park  D.  H.  Dunn — Mulberry 
Dr.  Hamilton  W.  McKay- 
Myers   Park  J.  M.  Shinn — Plaza 
E.   W.   McKnight— Williams 

Memorial  W.  X.  Yerton — Newell 

P.  F.  Howerton— Charlotte  First  E.  D.  Byers— Sunset  Hills 

R.  L.  Puckett— West  Avenue  F.  C.  Skeen— St.  Pauls 

W.  H.  Barnhardt — Myers  Park  J.  W.  Craig,  Jr. — St.  Andrews 

Report  of  Presbytery's  Council — Presbytery's  Council 
made  the  following  recommendations  which  were  adopted. 

Presbytery's  Council  recommends: 

1.  That  Presbytery  change  its  Manual  so  as  to  abolish  the  rule 
concerning  the  special  order  for  the  election  of  Commissioners  to  the 
General  Assembly,  the  rule  now  being  that  commissioners  shall  be 
elected  the  second  order  after  lunch. 

2.  That  Presbytery  make  no  change  in  the  present  arrangement  of 
the  Committee  on  Education  and  Ministerial  Education  as  recommended 
by  the  Board  of  Education  for  the  reason  that  we  feel  that  our  present 
arrangement  provides  adequately  for  the  care  of  business  as  desired  by 
the  Board. 


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Report  of  Committee  on  Resolutions — The  Committee  on 
Resolutions  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  in  its  199th  Stated  Meeting  at  the 
Mallard  Creek  Church  expresses  its  gratitude  to  God  for  the  evident 
prosperity  in  the  things  of  eternal  value  here  at  this  Church,  of  v^hich 
its  outv^ard  sign,  in  plant  and  surroundings  is  symbol  and  so  well  ex- 
pressed in  the  history  read  to  us  by  Mrs.  W.  T.  Alexander,  Sr. 

The  Presbytery  notes  v^th  pleasure  the  able  leadership  of  the  Minis- 
ter, the  Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson  and  the  cordial  v^elcome  granted  to  us  while 
here. 

The  Presbytery  wishes  to  express  its  appreciation  for  the  splendid 
luncheon  served  by  the  Women;  for  the  flowers  which  have  graced  the 
Sanctuary  and  for  all  who  have  made  this  meeting  a  happy  occasion. 

The  Presbytery  would  convey  through  the  Minister  and  the  ruling 
elder  delebate  from  this  Church  here  today,  its  thanks  to  the  congrega- 
tion and  to  assure  them  of  its  prayers. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Records — The  Committee  on  the 
Records  of  Presbytery  made  the  following  report  which  was 
adopted : 

The  Committee  has  examined  the  printed  minutes  of  Presbytery  for 
the  197th  and  198th  Stated  Sessions  and  for  the  Called  meetings  held 
at  First  Church,  Charlotte,  N.C.,  August  19,  1952,  and  Davidson  College, 
Davidson,  N.  C,  September  3,  1952,  and  finds  them  to  be  in  excellent 
order. 

In  reference  to  the  matter  referred  to  the  Committee  relative  to  the 
report  of  Rev.  R.  F.  Boyd  concerning  the  academic  standard  of  Bob 
Jones  College,  your  committee  is  of  the  opinion  that  this  report  would 
have  to  be  resubmitted  to  the  Presbytery  before  inclusion  in  the  minutes. 

The  Committee  would  recommend  that  Presbytery  commend  the 
clerks  for  their  diligent  service. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Chairman 

Rev.  R.  G.  Balnicky 

Elder  D.  M.  Morrow 

Elder  W.  O.  Johnston,  Secretary 

Manual  Change  Adopted — The  following  change  in  the 
Manual  of  Presbytery  was  adopted  on  final  reading: 

That  the  Sub-Committee  on  Negro  Work  be  combined  with 
the  Sub-Committee  on  Home  Missions  and  that  the  member- 
ship of  the  sub-committee  on  Home  Missions  be  increased  by 
three. 

Home  Missions  Sub-Committee — The  request  that  Execu- 
tive Powers  be  granted  the  sub-committee  on  Home  Missions 
was  ordered  placed  on  the  docket  for  consideration  at  the 
next  meeting  of  Presbytery. 


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Report  of  the  Sub-Committee  on  Christian  Relations — A 

verbal  report  of  the  sub-committee  on  Christian  Relations  was 
made  and  received  as  information. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Bills  &  Overtures — The  Committee 
on  Bills  and  Overtures  reported  that  the  following  overture 
had  been  placed  in  their  hands  and  recommended  that  it  be 
adopted  and  sent  to  the  General  Assembly.  The  report  was 
adopted. 

''Resolved  that  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  overture  the  Gen- 
eral Assembly  to  appoint  an  Ad-interim  Committee  to  study 
the  matter  of  Church  attendance,  and  formulate,  if  it  sees 
fit,  a  pastoral  letter  to  be  read  in  all  churches  concerning  this 
important  matter." 

Resolution  Adopted — The  following  resolution  was  adopted : 

'That  Presbytery  deeply  deplores  the  growing  use  of  Alco- 
holic beverages  and  its  attendant  evils  in  our  state  and  nation 
and  earnestly  urges  its  ministers  and  members  to  use  all 
proper  means  at  their  command  to  discourge  their  manufac- 
ture, advertisement,  sale  and  use." 

Proposed    Amendments   to    Book   of   Church    Order — The 

Presbytery  approved  all  of  the  following  proposed  amendments 
to  the  Book  of  Church  Order: 

The  General  Assembly  of  1952  approved  and  sent  to  the 
presbyteries  for  their  advice  and  consent  the  following  amend- 
ments to  the  Book  of  Church  Order: 

1.  Amendment  to  Paragraph  70.  (Page  53  of  Minutes) 

When  the  membership  of  any  church  exceeds  one  thousand,  one  addi- 
tional representative  may  be  sent  for  each  additional  one  thousand,  or 
major  fraction  thereof.  He  shall  have  the  privilege  of  the  floor  and  shall 
be  entitled  to  one  vote. 

2.  Amendment  to  Paragraph  126.    (Page  53  of  Minutes) 

12.  That  overture  12  from  the  Presbytery  of  Bluestone,  requesting 
that  paragraph  126,  Book  of  Church  Order,  be  amended,  be  answered  in 
the  affirmative,  so  that  the  second  sentence  of  the  third  section  of  para- 
graph 126  M^ould  read,  "The  relation  shall  be  established  and  terminated 
by  agreement  between  the  Session  and  the  Assistant  Pastor,  Mission 
Pastor,  or  Minister  of  Education  involved."  The  amendment  would  bring 
sentence  two  into  harmony  with  sentence  one  of  the  same  paragraph, 
as  amended  in  1951.  The  above  proposed  amendment  is  sent  to  the 
presbyteries  for  their  advice  and  consent. 


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3.  Amendment  to  Paragraph  126.    (Page  81  of  Minutes) 

1.  That  the  General  Assembly  propose  to  the  Presbyteries  that  The 
Book  of  Church  Order  be  amended  by  adding  the  term  "Minister  to 
Students"  to  the  list  of  official  titles  recognized  in  Paragraph  126,  and 
add  the  following  explanatory  section: 

A  Minister  to  Students  is  a  Minister  called  by  a  particular  church, 
a  combination  of  churches  or  other  Church  courts,  or  by  a  special 
ecclesiastically  controlled  committee  to  perform  the  functions  of  a 
Pastor  to  students.  Such  a  call  shall  be  approved  by  the  Presbytery 
within  whose  bounds  the  work  is,  and  such  a  Minister  shall  be  installed 
according  to  the  provisions  of  Paragraph  138A.  (See  below.) 

4.  Addition  of  Paragraph  138  A.  (Pages  81  and  82  of  Minutes) 

2.  That  the  General  Assembly  propose  to  the  presbyteries  that  The 
Book  of  Church  Order  be  amended  by  adding  a  new  paragraph  in  Chap- 
ter XXV;  such  paragraph  to  be  inserted  between  Paragraphs  138  and 
139  and  be  designated  138A;  and  such  paragraph  to  read  as  follows: 

"When  a  Minister  to  Students  shall  be  called,  not  by  a  particular 
church,  but  by  a  combination  of  churches  or  other  Church  courts,  or  by 
a  special  committee,  Presbytery  having  given  its  approval,  arrangements 
for  his  installation  shall  be  made  by  the  Presbytery  in  which  he  is  to 
labor  and  at  the  request  of  the  group  which  has  direction  of  his  work. 

"The  form  of  installation  shall  follow  a  procedure  similar  to  that 
of  a  Pastor,  using  the  following  questions: 

(1)  Are  you  willing  to  accept  the  charge  of  this  group  of  students 
as  their  Minister,  agreeably  to  your  declaration  in  accepting  your  call? 

"(2)  Do  you  conscientiously  believe  and  declare,  as  far  as  you  know 
your  own  heart,  that,  in  taking  upon  you  this  charge,  you  are  influenced 
by  a  sincere  desire  to  promote  the  glory  of  God  and  the  good  of  the 
Church  ? 

"(3)  Do  you  solemnly  promise  that,  by  the  assistance  of  the  grace 
of  God,  you  will  endeavor  faithfully  to  discharge  all  the  duties  of  a 
Minister  to  Students,  and  will  be  careful  to  maintain  a  deportment  in 
all  respects  becoming  a  Minister  of  the  Gospel  of  Christ,  agreeably  to 
your  ordination  engagements?" 

The  Minister  having  answered  these  questions  in  the  affirmative, 
the  presiding  Minister  shall  propose  to  the  representatives  of  the  Church 
court,  courts,  or  other  Church  agencies  under  whom  he  has  to  serve  and 
to  whom  he  is  responsible,  the  following  questions: 

"(1)    Do  you  continue  to  profess  your  readiness  to  receive  

whom  you  have  called  to  be  your  Minister  to  Stu- 
dents ? 

"(2)  Do  you  promise  to  encourage  him  in  his  labors  and  to  assist 
his  endeavors  for  the  glory  of  God,  and  to  the  edification  of  the  Church  ? 

"(3)  Do  you  engage  to  continue  to  him  while  he  is  your  Minister 
to  Students,  that  competent  worldly  maintenance  which  you  have  prom- 
ised, and  to  furnish  him  with  whatever  you  may  see  needful  for  the 
honor  of  religion  and  for  his  comfort  among  you?" 


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5.  Amendment  to  Paragraph  263.    (Pages  54  of  Minutes) 

When  a  minister,  against  whom  there  are  no  charges,  does  not  en- 
gage in  any  definite  work  in  the  church  for  a  period  of  two  years,  that 
fact  shall  be  reported  to  his  Presbytery  by  the  Commission  on  the  Minis- 
ter and  His  Work.  The  Presbytery  shall  then  require  the  minister  to 
show  cause  why  he  should  not  be  divested  of  his  office.  In  case  there  is 
a  divestiture,  it  shall  be  construed  as  without  censure.  This  provision 
shall  in  no  way  interfere  with  honorary  retirement  because  of  age  or 
disability. 

6.  Amendment  to  Paragrahp  303.    (Page  53  of  Minutes) 

303.  When  a  church  member  shall  remove  his  residence  beyond  the 
bounds  of  the  congregation  of  which  he  is  a  member,  so  that  he  can  no 
longer  regularly  attend  its  services,  it  shall  be  his  duty  to  transfer  his 
membership  by  presenting  a  certificate  of  dismission  from  the  Session 
of  the  church  of  which  he  is  a  member  to  the  church  with  which  he 
wishes  to  unite.  The  Session  must  grant  such  a  certificate  to  any  mem- 
ber of  the  church  who  is  in  good  standing,  if  it  be  requested  for  another 
church  in  our  own  denomination,  or  one  recognized  by  our  own  as  a  true 
branch  of  the  Church  of  Jesus  Christ. 

The  Session  may  receive  members  by  certificate  from  other  churches 
in  our  own  denomination  or  in  any  other  denomination  recognized  by 
our  own  as  a  branch  of  the  true  Church. 

The  Session  may  receive  members  by  verbal  statement  when  it  is 
impossible  or  impracticable  for  applicants  for  membership  to  receive 
or  secure  certificates  of  dismission  from  their  churches.  This  verbal 
statement  is  understood  to  be  a  simple  statement  to  the  effect  that 
membership  in  good  standing  is  held  in  a  church  which  is  recognized  by 
our  own  as  a  true  branch  of  the  Church  of  Jesus  Christ.  In  all  such 
cases  the  Session  shall  record  such  members  as  having  been  received 
on  certificate. 

The  Session  may  receive  members  by  restatement  or  by  reaffirma- 
tion of  faith  in  Jesus  Christ,  it  being  understood  that  restatement  and 
reaffirmation  are  synonymous.  Such  restatement  or  reaffirmation  is 
understood  to  mean  more  than  the  simple  statement  that  at  one  time  the 
applicant  was  a  member  of  some  church.  It  is  understood  to  mean,  under 
examination  by  the  Session,  a  restatement  or  reaffirmation  of  personal 
faith  in  Christ  as  Saviour  and  of  willingness  to  promise  to  serve  Him  to 
the  best  of  one's  ability  when  received  into  the  membership  of  the 
Church.  In  all  such  cases  the  Session  shall  record  such  members  as 
having  been  received  on  reaffirmation. 

When  a  Session  receives  a  member  by  statement,  restatement  or  re- 
affirmation, the  church  of  which  he  was  a  member  shall  be  duly  notified, 
when  this  is  possible. 

7.  Amendment  to  Paragraph  363.    (Page  53  of  Minutes) 

363.  When  persons  are  received  from  other  churches  by  letters  of 
dismission,  by  statement  of  their  active  membership  in  some  other 
church,  or  by  reaffirmation  of  faith,  their  names  are  to  be  announced 
to  the  congregation,  with  a  recommendation  of  them  to  its  Christian 
confidence  and  affection. 


36  MINUTES  OF   MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 

Retiring  Moderator's  Address — Presbytery  adopted  a  mo- 
tion that  the  Retiring  Moderator's  address  be  made  available 
and  that  copes  be  sent  to  our  Church  papers  for  publication. 

Resolution  and  Prayer  for  President — Presbytery  paused 
in  its  deliberations  to  engage  in  prayer  for  the  President, 
Dwight  D.  Eisenhower.  The  Stated  Clerk  was  instructed  to 
send  a  message  to  the  President  assuring  him  of  the  prayers 
of  the  Presbytery. 

Invitation  Accepted — Presbytery  accepted  the  invitation  of 
the  Session  of  the  Paw  Creek  Church  to  meet  with  them  for 
the  summer  Stated  Session. 

Next  Meeting — Presbytery  accepted  the  invitation  of  the 
Thomasboro  Church  to  meet  with  them  for  its  spring  meet- 
ing, April  21,  1953. 

Address  Docketed  for  Next  Meeting — An  Address  on  the 
work  of  the  Chaplain  was  docketed  for  the  next  meeting  of 
Presbytery.    The  Rev.  James  R.  Crook  is  to  be  the  speaker. 

The  Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

Rev.  Lawrence  I.  Stell  led  the  closing  prayer  and  Presby- 
tery adjourned  to  meet  April  21,  1953,  at  9  A.M.  at  the 
Thomasboro  Presbyterian  Church  in  Charlotte,  N.  C.  for  its 
next  Stated  Session. 

Lawrence  I.  Stell,  Moderator. 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 
B.  F.  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


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The  Two  Hundredth  Stated  Session 

of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery 

Thomasboro   Presbyterian  Church 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
April  21,  1953. 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundredth 
Stated  Session  in  the  Thomasboro  Presbyterian  Church  in 
Charlotte,  N.  C.  at  9  A.M.  on  the  above  date. 

The  Moderator,  Rev.  Lawrence  I.  Stell,  presiding  led  the 
Presbytery  in  its  opening  exercises  of  worship  and  preached 
on  the  subject  "Christian  Living." 

The  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper  was  celebrated.  Rev. 
Russell  M.  Kerr  and  Rev.  R.  G.  Balnicky  had  charge  of  the 
service. 

The  Presbytery  was  led  in  its  opening  prayer  bv  the  Rev. 
S.  H.  Zealy. 

History  of  Thomasboro  Church — The  following  supple- 
ment to  the  History  of  the  Thomasboro  Presbyterian  Church 
was  read  by  Mr.  T.  C.  Wright  and  was  adopted. 

SUPPLEMENT  TO  HISTORY  APRIL  1948-APRIL  1953 

On  April  20,  1948,  during  the  pastorate  of  the  Rev.  J.  L.  Griggs 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery  met  at  Thomasboro  Presbyterian  Church  with 
180  ministers  and  ruling  elders  present.  At  this  meeting  a  brief  history 
of  the  church  to   that  date  was  read. 

The  intervening  years  for  this  church  have  been  very  significant 
ones  marked  by  unusual  growth  in  all  phases  of  the  work.  The  spirit 
of  unity,  ever  a  possession  of  this  church  since  her  inception,  was  never 
more  prominent.    For  this,  we  are  grateful  to  our  Triune  God. 

The  building  program  which  was  begun  in  1947  was  completed.  On 
December  5,  1948  a  Home  Coming  and  Consecration  service  was  held 
with  four  former  pastors  and  two  ministers  who  were  sons  of  the  church 
taking  part  in  the  service. 

At  a  congregational  meeting  February  20,  1949  it  was  decided  to 
sell  the  manse  at  225  Bradford  Drive  and  rebuild  at  a  new  location.  It 
was  sold  for  $7500.00,  and  a  lot  was  purchased  at  111  Bradford  Drive 


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from  the  J.  E.  Thomas  estate  at  a  cost  of  $1530.00.  In  November  1949 
plans  were  completed  for  the  erection  of  a  new  manse,  and  the  build- 
ing responsibility  was  entrusted  to  W.  H.  Baker  and  B.  L.  Thomas. 
Construction  began  promptly  and  progressed  rapidly.  By  the  end  of 
March  1950  the  two  story  brick  residence  with  eight  rooms  was.  com- 
pleted at  an  approximate  cost  of  $19,000.00. 

On  Januray  29,  1950  the  Rev.  J.  L.  Griggs  announced  to  the  con- 
gregation his  resignation  as  pastor  of  this  church  to  accept  a  call  to 
Gordon  Street  Presbyterian  Church,  Atlanta,  Ga.  At  a  congregational 
meeting  February  5,  1950  the  congregation  reluctantly  concurred  in 
Mr.  Grigg's  request  to  dissolve  pastoral  relations  with  this  church.  At 
this  time  a  nominating  committee  was  appointed  to  secure  a  new  pastor 
as  follows:  B.  L.  Thomas,  W.  H.  Baker,  M.  R.  Moore,  and  Mrs.  Roy 
Gwaltney. 

The  membership  continued  in  their  faithfulness  and  supported  this 
committee  with  their  prayers.  The  committee  worked  diligently  in 
their  search  for  a  new  pastor,  and  was  one  day  led  to  the  First  Presby- 
terian Church,  Washington,  N.  C.  to  hear  the  Rev.  Samuel  H.  Zealy. 
Mr.  Zealy  was  invited  to  visit  the  field  and  to  preach  for  us,  which  he 
did  on  April  30,  1950.  A  call  was  formerly  extended  to  Mr.  Zealy  on 
May  1,  1950.  His  reply  of  acceptance  was  glorious  news.  He  preached 
the  first  sermon  as  pastor  on  June  18,  1950  and  was  installed  September 
3,   1950. 

Under  the  efficient  leadership  of  Mr.  Zealy  the  church  has  attained 
new  heights.  Mr.  Zealy  has  stressed  Visitation  Evangelism  and  Tithing. 
As  a  result  188  members  have  been  added  to  the  church,  and  170 
persons  are  listed  as  tithers.  There  is  now  a  membership  of  538.  Our 
new  church  school  is  flourishing  with  a  most  capable  staff  at  its  helm. 
Among  our  problems  at  the  present  is  inadequate  space.  The  enroll- 
ment is  346  with  an  average  attendance  of  282.  There  are  17  elders  and 
16  deacons. 

With  a  view  toward  future  expansion  of  the  educational  plant,  a 
house  and  lot  near  the  church  was  purchased  in  June  1952,  and  com- 
plete payments  were  made  in  October  of  the  same  year. 

The  services  of  Miss  Mae  McClure,  graduate  of  Queens  College  was 
secured  as  Director  of  Religious  Education  effective  September  1,  1952. 

Two  of  our  young  men  have  this  year  offered  themselves  as  candi- 
dates for  the  ministry — George  Edward  Melton  who  is  now  a  Junior  at 
Davidson  College  and  Roy  Gwaltney  III  who  is  a  Junior  at  Columbia 
Theological    Seminary,    Decatur,    Ga. 

All  departments  of  the  church  are  well  organized  and  functioning. 
Interest  is  high  on  the  part  of  the  members.  A  monthly  letter  by  our 
pastor  to  every  family  keeps  us  a  well  informed  church. 

Mr.  Zealy  has  faithfully  and  fearlessly  preached  the  Word  of  God. 
He  has  stressed  spiritual  growth,  and  stewardship  of  our  time,  talents, 
and  possessions. 

The  total  contributions  to  Benevolences  this  year  was  $4,701.00.  The 
total  expenditures  amounted  to  $43,313.00. 

We  gratefully  acknowledge  God's  guidance  in  all  our  ways. 

Historian 


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The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled 
during  the  meeting: 

Ministers— J.  W.  Grier,  C.  H.  Little,  J.  W.  Stork,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt, 
W.  H.  Johnston,  B.  F.  Yandell,  J.  C.  Grier,  A.  T.  Taylor,  M.  B.  Prince, 
Jr.,  W.  B.  Neill,  C:  D.  Whiteley,  R.  A.  Young,  Chas.  M.  Boyd,  W.  I. 
Howell,  Jr.,  D.  K.  Snyder,  W.  T.  Smith,  J.  A.  Jones,  R.  H.  Stone,  F.  C. 
Debele,  Jr.,  C.  G.  McClure,  S.  M.  Inman,  F.  C.  Pratt,  W.  M.  Walsh,  F.  S. 
Johnston,  S.  M.  Glasgow,  A.  L.  Thompson,  W.  A.  Gamble,  R.  F.  Whit- 
ley, C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Warner  L.  Hall,  T.  W.  MacLean,  J.  A.  Carriker, 
H.  S.  Robinson,  S.  M.  Hutchison,  C.  H.  Rowan,  R.  C.  Long,  J.  C.  Law- 
rence H.  G.  Bedinger,  C.  S.  Miller,  B.  F.  Moore,  Hugh  B.  Carter,  Watt 
M.  Cooper,  H.  D.  Hayward,  G.  Dana  Waters,  O.  M.  Whitener,  W.  J. 
Huneycutt,  D.  E.  Carlton,  S.  H.  Zealy,  W.  B.  McSwain,  Roy  E.  Hoke, 
C.  Wayne  Potter,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  E.  B.  Cooper,  Ira  H. 
Rawles,  L.  I.  Stell,  M.  G.  Lyerly,  A.  H.  Key,  R.  W.  Rayburn,  H.  L. 
Thomas,  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce,  Russell  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  McLean, 
G.  A.  Fletcher,  R.  G.  Laurens,  R.  G.  Balnicky,  S.  W.  Yandle,  J.  E.  Way- 
land,  Jr.,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  B.  F.  Ferguson,  James  R.  Crook,  Miles  A. 
Strupl,  Crawford  A.  White,  J.  S.  Garner,  Henry  S.  Schum— 76. 

Ruling  Elders — Fetzer  Hartsell,  Albemarle  First;  S.  A.  Boaz,  Jr., 
Albemarle  Second;  Walter  Crook,  Altan;  L.  D.  Campbell,  Amity;  J.  E. 
Kimbril,  Avondale;  L.  A.  Fesperman,  Badin;  S.  H.  Kell,  Banks;  Arthur 
Brown,  Bethel;  Buford  A.  Price,  Bethlehem;  E.  H.  Webb,  Beulah;  J. 
Edgar  Maness,  Biscoe;  W.  E.  Price,  Caldwell  Memorial;  Hewitt  Haney, 
Cameronian;  W.  L.  Currie,  Candor;  C.  B.  Choat,  Central  Steele  Crook; 
B.  Gales  McClintock,  Charlotte  First;  Earl  B.  Clanton,  Clanton  Memo- 
rial; C.  Clarence  Austin,  Commonwealth;  Robert  Lathan,  Cook's  Me- 
morial; J.  E.  Baxter,  Cornelius;  H.  Harold  Thompson,  Covenant;  J.  W. 
Conder,  Eastminster;  Ralph  Cox,  Ellerbe;  Vance  Sykes,  Hamlet;  Joe 
L.  Puckett,  Sr,,  Hopewell;  LeGette  Blythe,  Huntersville;  J.  W.  Shaffer, 
Indian  Trail;  F.  M.  Hartsell,  Locust;  D.  L.  McDonald,  Marks  Creek; 
W.  M.  Lovin,  McLean  Memorial;  H.  W.  Hoover,  McQuay  Memorial; 
W.  G.  Wall,  Monroe  First;  Harold  McFayden,  Mt.  Carmel;  George  A. 
Springs,  Mulberry;  J.  P.  Hobson,  Myers  Park;  Harry  T.  Orr,  North 
Charlotte;  F.  A.  Wentz,  Norwood;  E.  O.  Ross,  Oakboro;  W.  P.  Vander- 
burgh, Pageland;  E.  W.  Campbell,  Paw  Creek;  J.  V.  Ussery,  Pee  Dee; 
J.  W.  Flowe,  Philadelphia;  Roy  G.  Starnes,  Pineville;  W.  F.  Owen, 
Plaza;  John  G.  Boyd,  Pleasant  Hill;  J.  A.  Blakeney,  Providence;  Lamont 
Mayes,  Ramah;  Grover  Furr,  Ridgecrest;  A.  M.  Stafford,  Robinson; 
Sam  T.  Snoddy,  Rockingham  First;  B.  R.  Howell,  St.  Andrews;  J.  L. 
Nance,  St.  Paul;  L.  H.  Pharr,  Sardis;  Roy  I.  Doster,  Seigle  Avenue;  J. 
Aubrey  Chrisman,  Selwyn  Avenue;  W.  B.  Kiser,  Sharon;  Page  Price, 
Siler;  James  R.  Perry,  Six  Mile  Creek;  David  Cameron,  Smallwood;  C. 
Stough  Garrison,  Steele  Creek;  B.  F.  Kimbrell,  Stephenson;  J.  Preston 
Robinson,  Sugaw  Creek;  E.  D.  Byers,  Sunset  Hills;  C.  L.  Elliott,  Tenth 
Avenue;  H.  P.  Cathey,  Thomasboro;  Dr.  John  O.  Lafferty,  Trinity;  Dr. 
S.  H.  McCall,  Troy;  J.  C.  Richardson,  Turner;  F.  P.  Boyles,  Wadesboro; 
E.  P.  McCain,  Walkersville ;  H.  W.  McLaughlin,  Waxhav/;  Boyce  L. 
Ranson,  West  Avenue;  Ben  E.  Douglas,  Westminster;  W.  H.  Spivey, 
Westover  Hills;  Elmer  A.  Todd,  Williams  Memorial;  L.  C.  Helms,  Wil- 
more — 76. 


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The  following  ministers  were  introduced  to  the  Presbytery 
and  invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren :  Dr.  W.  Gatewood  Work- 
mam,  Dr.  Charles  Eberhardt,  Rev.  Jerome  Fleischer,  Rev.  D. 
Wylie  Hogue,  Rev.  Carl  Key. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  were 
introduced. 

The  Stated  Clerk  announced  that  a  quorum  was  present. 

Moderator  Elected — Rev.  Hugh  B.  Carter,  Moderator- 
Nominee  was  elected  Moderator. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Arrangements — The  following 
report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements  was  read  and 
adopted. 

Your  Committee  on  Arrangements  recommends  that  Presbytery 
adopt  the  printed  docket  with  the  f ©lowing  modifications: 

1.  That  immediately  after  the  reception  of  ministers  and  candidates 
and  before  lunch  if  time  permits  the  Presbytery  resolve  itself  into  the 
committee  as  a  whole  for  the  purpose  of  examining  the  Sessional 
Records. 

2.  That,  when  the  above  business  has  been  cared  for  and  completed 
the  second  set  order  after  lunch  be  the  report  of  the  sub-comniittee  on 
Women's   Work. 

3.  That  the  third  order  after  lunch  be  the  hearing  of  the  Rev.  James 
R.  Crook  on  the  Work  of  the  Chaplain. 

4.  That  the  fourth  order  be  the  report  of  the  sub-committee  on 
Religious  Education. 

5.  That  Presbytery  recess  for  lunch  at  12:30  and  reconvene  at  1:30, 

6.  That  Presbytery  adjourn  at  will. 

7.  Rev.  Carl  R.  Key  be  heard  regarding  C.R.O.P. 

S.  H.  Zealy,  Chairman 

L.  I.   Stell 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr. 

THE  DOCKET 

1.  Opening   Exercises — Retiring   Moderator's   Sermon — Rev.   Lawrence 
I.  Stell. 

2.  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper. 

3.  Memorials. 

4.  Supplement  to  the  History  of  Thomasboro  Presbyterian  Church — 
Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy. 

5.  Enrollment:  Members  of  Presbytery,  Visiting  Brethren,  Introduction 
of  Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time. 


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6.  Election  of  Moderator — Rev.  Hugh  B.  Carter — Nominee. 

7.  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements — Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy. 

8.  Appointment  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Synod's  Minutes. 

6.  Sessional  Records. 

9.  Communications. 

10.  Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  R.  C.  Long. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 

11.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

12.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

13.  Report  of  Executive  and  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Committee  on  Church  Extension — Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence. 

2.  Presbytery's   Council — Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier. 

3.  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley. 

4.  Sub-Committee  on  Woman's  Work — Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn. 

14.  Report  of  Standing  Committees,   (see  8  above.) 

15.  Report  of  Treasurers  and  Trustees. 

16.  Annual   Statistical  Report  to  the   General  Assembly. 

17.  Unfinished  Business. 

1.  Rev.   J.   R.   Crook   to   address   Presbytery   on   the   work   of   the 
chaplain. 

2.  To  consider  commitment  of  executive  powers  to  Sub-Committee 
on  Home  Missions. 

3.  Manual  change  second  reading  abolishing  rule  for  special  order 
for  the  election  of  commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly. 

18.  New  Business. 

19.  Place  of  Next  Meeting.  (Paw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church.) 

20.  Nomination  of  Moderator.   (First  Order  after  lunch.) 

21.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

22.  Adjournment. 

Appointment  of  Standing  Committees — The  Moderator  ap- 
pointed the  following  Standing  Committees: 

1.  Bills    and   Ovetures — Rev.   L.   I.    Stell,   chairman;    Rev.    G.    Dana 
Waters,  Stough  Garrison,  Reid  Shoemaker. 

2.  Installations — Rev.  H.   G.  Bedinger,  chairman;   Rev.  Hugh  D.  P. 
Pollard,  J.  L.  Nance,  Robert  Latham. 

3.  Judicial  Business — Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan,  chairman;  Rev.  C.  S.  Miller, 
J.  P.  Hobson,  W.  F.  Owen. 

4.  Resolutions — Rev.  T.  W.  MacLean,  chairman;  Rev.  A.  T.  Taylor, 
J.  W.  Flowe,  and  C.  L.  Liles. 

5.  Synod's    Minutes — Rev.    C.    G.    McClure,    chairman;    Rev.    W.    I. 
Howell,  Jr.,  Dr.  J.  0.  Lafferty,  Elmer  Todd. 


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6.  Sessional  Records — Rev.  F.  C.  Pratt,  chairman;  Rev.  Stewart 
Yandle,   W.   T.   Wall,   C.   L.   Elliott. 

Communications — The  following  Communications  were 
read  and  disposed  of  as  indicated: 

1.  From  the  following  ministers  asking  that  they  be  excused  from 
attending  the  meeting  of  Presbytery;  Rev.  J.  P.  Holder,  Rev.  H.  V. 
Carson,  Rev.  J.  Gilbert  Kirckhoff,  Rev.  F.  R.  McAlister,  Rev.  Sheldon 
A.  Koesy.    The  requests  were  granted. 

2.  From  Mr.  T.  S.  McPheeters  presenting  his  resignation  as  a  Trus- 
tee of  Davidson  College.    His  resignation  was  accepted. 

3.  From  the  Board  of  Christian  Education  acknowledging  receipt  of 
letter  from  the  Stated  Clerk  commending  Rev.  Leon  Anderson.  Re- 
ceived as  information. 

4.  From  the  President  of  the  United  States,  Dwight  D.  Eisenhower, 
expressing  appreciation  to  the  Presbytery  for  their  encouraging  mes- 
sage on  Inauguration  Day. 

5.  From  the  Session  of  the  Waxhaw  Church  and  the  Rev.  C.  Wayne 
Potter  asking  Presbytery  to  dissolve  the  Pastoral  relationship  existing 
between  them  effective  August  25,  1953.  The  request  was  granted  and 
the  Pastorial  relationship  was  dissolved  effective  on  the  above  date. 

6.  From  Chaplain  James  B.  Reeves  informing  Presbytery  of  his 
where  abouts  and  his  diligence.  Received  as  information  and  the  Stated 
Clerk  was  instructed  to  communicate  with  our  chaplains  and  assure 
them   of  our  interest  and  prayers. 

7.  From  the  Division  on  Evangelism  calling  attention  to  the  Pre- 
Assembly  Conference   on   Evangelism.    Received  as  inform.ation. 

8.  From  the  Presbytery  of  Winston- Salem,  a  letter  of  transfer  for 
Mr.  C.  Don  Coffey,  a  Candidate  under  the  care  of  that  Presbytery.  Mr. 
Coffey  was  received  as  a  candidate  for  the  Gospel  Ministry  under  the 
care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery. 

9.  From  William  E.  Newton,  a  Candidate  for  the  Gospel  Ministry 
under  the  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  requesting  transfer  to  Brazos 
Presbytery.    The  request  was  granted. 

10.  From  the  following  churches  requesting  permission  to  raise 
their  pastors  salaries:  Trinity,  Charlotte  First,  North  Charlotte;  Wil- 
more;  Sunset  Hills;  Providence;  Thomasboro;  Avondale;  Locust;  Central 
Steele  Creek;  Sugaw  Creek;  Caldwell  Memorial;  Steele  Creek;  McGee. 
The  requests  were  granted. 

Presbytery  Pauses  for  Prayer — Presbytery  was  led  in 
prayer  by  Rev.  R.  A.  Young  in  behalf  of  our  Chaplains  and 
the  President  of  the  United  States,  Dwight  D.  Eisenhower. 

Report   of  Commission  on  Minister  and  His  Work — The 

following  Report  of  the  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His 
Work  was  read  and  admitted  to  records. 


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1.  Members  Dismissed:  Cannidate  R.  L.  Morgan  to  Winchester  Pres- 
bytery; Rev.  H.  E.  Mallinson  to  Norfolk  Presbytery;  Candidate  C.  C. 
Caldwell  to  Enoree  Presbytery;  Candidate  Fred  McAllister,  Jr.,  to  Kings 
Mountain  Presbytery. 

2.  Members  Approved:  Rev.  C.  M.  Coffey  for  Ridgecrest  and  Oak- 
boro;  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue  for  Banks,  Six  Mile  Creek,  Rehoboth  and 
Unionville  Churches. 

3.  The  Commission  asks: 

That  the  Moderator  be  requested  to  write  a  letter  of  condolence  to 
the  family  of  the  late  James  W.  Armstrong,  a  valued  member  of  this 
commission. 

That  the  committee  on  nominations  be  requested  to  present  the  name 
of  a  man  to  fill  this  vacancy. 

Respectfully  submitted, 
Roswell   Long,    Chairman 

Ministers  Received-^The  following  Ministers  seeking  mem- 
bership in  Mecklenburg  Presbtery,  presented  certificates  of 
transfer  which  were  found  in  order :  Rev.  W.  Gatewood  Work- 
man, North  Georgia  Conference  of  the  Methodist  Church, 
and  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue  from  Wilmington  Presbytery.  The 
Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine  the  Ministers  in  accordance 
with  the  provision  of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The  examin- 
ation was  approved  as  satisfactory  and  the  Ministers  were 
enrolled  upon  the  signing  of  the  Covenant. 

A  Call  from  the  Belk  Larger  Parish,  consisting  of  Banks, 
Six  Mile  Creek,  Rehoboth  and  Unionville  Churches  was  placed 
in  the  hands  of  Mr.  Hogue  and  accepted  by  him.  A  Commis- 
sion was  appointed  to  install  him.  (See  Report  of  Committee 
or  Installations) 

Report  of  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — The  Rev. 
Roy  F.  Whitley,  chairman  of  the  Committee  on  Ministerial 
Education,  presented  the  following  young  men,  Mr.  Vernon 
Ross  Hunter  of  the  Sugaw  Creek  Church;  Mr.  David  C. 
Hambrick,  Jr.,  of  the  St.  Andrews  Church ;  and  Mr.  H.  Floyd 
Carriker,  Jr.,  of  the  Caldwell  Memorial  Church,  who  are  seek- 
ing to  be  received  under  the  Care  of  Mecklenburg  Presby- 
tery as  Candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministery.  Being  satisfied 
with  the  recommendations  of  the  Committee  the  Presbytery 
preceeded  to  examine  the  Candidates  in  accordance  with  the 
provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The  examination  was 
approved  as  satisfactory.  The  Rev.  C.  G.  McClure  gave  the 
charge  and  Rev.  John  A.  Carriker  led  in  prayer.  Mr.  Hunter, 
Mr.  Hambrick,  Mr.  Carriker  were  received  into  the  Presbytery 
as  candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry  under  the  Care  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery. 


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Recess — As  time  for  recess  arrived  Presbytery  paused  to 
offer  prayer  in  behalf  of  Rev.  J.  Gilbert  Kirckhoff  and  Rev. 
C.  C.  McNeill  who  are  sick.  Dr.  Warner  L.  Hall  led  the  prayer. 
Presbytery  recessed  for  lunch  and  was  led  in  prayer  by  Rev. 
J.  W.  Grier. 

AFTERNOON  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  at  1:30  P.M.  and  was  led  in  prayer 
by  the  Moderator. 

Candidate  Examined — Mr.  C.  Don  Coffey,  a  Candidate  for 
the  Gospel  Ministry  under  the  Care  of  Presbytery  was  pre- 
sented to  the  Presbytery  to  be  examined  for  licensure  and 
Ordination.  Being  well  satisfied  with  the  recommendations 
of  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education,  the  Presbytery 
proceeded  to  examine  Mr.  Coffey  according  to  the  provisions 
of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The  examination  was  approved 
as  satisfactory  and  was  arrested  short  of  the  sermon.  The 
Calls  to  the  Ridgecrest  and  Oakboro  Churches  were  odered 
placed  in  the  hands  of  the  Commission  to  be  appointed  to 
license,  ordain,  and  install  Mr.  Coffey  in  his  churches.  The 
Commission  was  appointed  to  complete  the  examination  and 
ordain  and  install  Mr.  Coffey.  (See  report  of  Committee  on 
Installations.) 

Committee  as  a  Whole  to  Examine  Sessional  Records — 

Presbytery  resolved  itself  into  a  Committee  of  the  whole  for 
the  purpose  of  examining  the  Sessional  Records.  After  the 
examination  of  the  Sessional  Records  the  Presbytery  resumed 
its  business. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Sessional  Records — The  following 
Report  of  the  Committee  on  Sessional  Records  was  read  and 
adopted. 

The  following  records  were  approved  without  exception: 

Westover  Hills,  Norwood,  Covenant,  Mt.  Gilead,  Cooks  Memorial, 
Bethlehem,  Troy,  Amity,  Sardis,  Commonwealth,  Nevin,  Unionville, 
Marks  Creek,  Smallwood,  Robinson,  McGee,  Paw  Creek,  Brainerd, 
Walkersville,  Mulberry,  Marston,  McLean,  Hamlet  First,  Sugaw  Creek, 
Camp  Greene,  Oakboro,  Philadelphia,  Turner,  Sunset  Hills,  Six  Mile 
Creek,  Williams  Memorial,  Newell,  St.  Paul's,  McQuay,  Ridgecrest,  East- 
minster,  South  Park,  Badin,  Huntersville,  Charlotte  First,  Hopewell, 
Mallard  Creek,  Ellerbe,  Benton  Heights,  Ramah,  Lee  Park,  Myers  Park, 
Albemarle  First,  Sharon,  Trinity,  Tenth  Avenue,  Biscoe,  Locust,  Candor 
Westminster,  Banks,  Waxhaw,  Caldwell  Memorial,  Providence,  Siler, 
Steele  Creek,  Wadesboro,  West  Avenue,  Altan,  Camden,  Matthews,  Mon- 
roe, Morven,  North  Charlotte,  Pageland,  Plaza,  Pleasant  Hill. 


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The  following  records  were  approved  with  exceptions: 

Wilmore,  Clanton  Memorial,  St.  Andrews,  Pee  Dee,  Amay  James, 
Morris  Field,  Rourk,  Norman,  Avondale,  Rockingham,  Indian  Hill, 
Thomasboro,  New  Salem,  Mt.  Carmel,  Cameronian,  Cornelius,  Marsh- 
ville,  Selwyn  Avenue. 

The  following  churches  failed  to  submit  their  records  for 
review : 

Albemarle,  Second,  Bethany,  Bethel,  Beulah,  Community,  Hawley 
Memorial,  Macedonia,  Morgan  Memorial,  Park  Avenue,  Pineville,  Reho- 
both,   Salem,   Seigle   Avenue,    Stephenson. 

Moderator  Nominated — Rev.  John  A.  Carriker  was  elected 
Moderator-Nominee  for  the  next  meeting  of  Presbytery. 

Report  of  Sub-Committee  on  Women's  Work — The  Rev.  R. 
W.  Rayburn  presented  Mrs.  B.  W.  Hunter  and  Mrs.  R.  A. 
Willis,  Jr.  to  the  Presbytery.  Mrs.  Willis  read  the  report  of 
the  Women  of  the  Presbytery  which  was  received  as  informa- 
tion. Rev.  M.  G.  Lyerly  led  the  Presbytery  in  prayer  for  the 
Women  of  the  Presbytery  and  their  work. 

Work  of  Chaplains — The  Rev.  James  R.  Crook  addressed 
the  Presbtery  on  the  work  of  Chaplains.  The  Rev.  B.  Frank 
Yandell  led  the  Presbytery  in  prayer  for  the  Chaplains  and 
the  young  men  in  service.  The  address  was  received  as  infor- 
mation. 

Report    of   Sub-Committee   on    Religious   Education — The 

Rev.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.  made  a  verbal  report  on  the  needs  of 
Camp  Stewart  and  urged  the  Church  to  undertake  projects 
in  behalf  of  the  Camp.  The  report  was  received  as  informa- 
tion. 

Message  on  C.R.O.P. — The  Rev.  Carl  R.  Keys  spoke  to  the 
Presbytery  on  behalf  of  C.R.O.P.  and  urged  support  of  the 
program.  The  message  was  received  as  information,  and  the 
appreciation  of  the  Presbytery  was  expressed  by  the  Moder- 
ator. 

Report  of  Other  Commissions — The  Commission  appointed 
to  install  the  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  made  its  report  which  was 
admitted  to  record. 

The  Commission  appointed  to  install  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  Pastor  of 
the  St.  Andrews  Presbyterian  Church  met  on  February  8,  1953  at  7:20 
P.M.  in  the  study  of  the  church.  Present  were:  Dr.  Roswell  C.  Long, 
Chairman;  Rev.  M.  G.  Lyerly;  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone;  Mr.  Nat  C.  White  and 
Mr.  J.  W.  Craig",  who  opened  the  meeting  with  prayer.    Mr.  Craig  was 


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elected  clerk.  The  Commission  united  with  the  congregation  in  a  service 
of  worship,  at  which  time  Dr.  R.  C.  Long  preached  the  sermon.  The 
constitutional  questions  were  asked  by  Rev.  M.  G.  Lyerly.  The  Chair- 
man then  declared  that  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  had  been  duly  elected  and 
installed  pastor  of  the  St.  Andrews  Presbyterian  Church.  Rev.  R.  H. 
Stone  gave  the  charge  to  the  pastor  and  Mr.  Nat  C.  White  gave  the 
charge  to  the  congregation.  After  the  benediction,  pronounced  by  the 
new  pastor,  he  was  greeted  by  the  officers  and  the  congregation  and 
welcomed  into  the  new  relationship. 

The  Commission  retired  to  the  study,  reviewed  and  approved  its 
minutes  and  was  adjourned  with  prayer,  led  by  Rev.  M.  G.  Lyferly. 

Roswell  C.  Long,  Chairman 
J.  W.  Craig,  Clerk 

Report  of  Committee  on  Installations — The  Committee  on 
Installations  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

1.  To  install  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue  as  pastor  of  Six  Mile  Creek, 
Banks,  Rehoboth,  and  Unionville,  May  24,  1953. 

Six  Mile  Creek  Church  at  9:30  A.M.— Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger  to  preside, 
preach  and  propound  the  Constitutional  questions;  Rev.  C.  H.  Little  to 
charge  the  pastor;  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  to  charge  the  congregation;  Ruling 
Elders  Beaumert  Whitton  and  Roy  Starnes  and  alternate  Rev.  C.  M. 
Boyd. 

Banks  Church  at  11  A.M. — Rev.  C.  H.  Little  to  preside,  preach  and 
propound  the  constitutional  questions;  Rev.  C.  M.  Boyd  to  charge  the 
pastor;  Elder  Beaumert  Whitton  to  charge  the  congregation;  Rev.  R.  H. 
Stone,  Rev.  Jonas  Barclay,  Elder  Ray  Starnes  to  complete  the  "Commis- 
sion. 

Rehoboth  Church  at  3:30  P.M. — Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan  to  preside,  preach, 
and  propound  the  Constitutional  questions;  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  to  charge 
the  pastor;  Rev.  C.  H.  Little  to  charge  the  congregation.  Rev.  H.  D.  P. 
Pollard,  Elders  Beaumert  Whitton  and  G.  B.  CcClelland  to  complete  the 
Commission. 

Unionville  Church  at  7:45  P.M. — Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  to  preside  and 
propound  the  Constitutional  questions;  Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley  to  preach; 
Rev.  H.  D.  P.  Pollard  to  charge  the  pastor;  Elder  Beaumert  Whitton  to 
charge  the  congregation;  Alternates  Rev.  C.  H.  McLean  and  Elder 
Jack  Morrison. 

2.  To  ordain  and  install  Mr.  C.  Don  Coffey  at  Ridgecrest  and  Oak- 
boro  Churches,  June  14th,  1953. 

Ridgecrest  Church  at  3  P.M. — Rev.  Watt  M.  Coper  to  preside  and 
propound  the  constitutional  questions;  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  to  charge  the 
pastor.  Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore  to  charge  the  Congregation;  Mr.  Coffey  to 
preach  as  part  of  his  examination;  alternates  Rev.  Stewart  W.  Yandle 
and  Elder  H.  P.  Efird. 

Oakboro  Church  at  4:30  P.M. — Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper  to  preside,  preach 
and  propound  the  constitutional  questions,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  to  charge 
the  pastor.  Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore  to  charge  the  congregation;  alternates 
Rev.  Stewart  W.  Yandle  and  Elder  H.  P.  Efird. 


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The  quorum  of  2  ministers  and  1  elder  was  set  for  Commission  to 
install  and  3  ministers  and  1  elder  for  Commission  to  ordain. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Church  Extension — The  following 
Report  of  the  Committee  on  Church  Extension  was  read  and 
adopted : 

REPORT  OF  THE  SUB-COMMITTEE  ON  HOME  MISSIONS 

If  the  work  of  Home  Missions  is  judged  by  its  fruits  of  professions 
of  faith  and  baptisms,  we  have  a  good  report.  There  have  been  398 
received  into  churches  whose  ministers'  salaries  we  have  supplemented. 
Of  these  232  came  by  a  profession  of  faith,  138  were  received  by  letter 
and  28  by  reaffirmation.  This  is  the  largest  number  by  profession  of 
faith  within  a  number  of  years — if  not  the  record.  God  is  yet  honoring 
the  preaching  of  His  Word  and  the  Holy  Spirit  is  drawing  people  unto 
Christ  as  Saviour. 

The  results  of  this  year  have  been  made  possible  on  the  human  level 
by  the  addition  of  some  new  ministers  and  by  the  continued  consecrated 
spirit  of  evangelism  of  some  of  those  who  have  been  longer  serving. 

The  Eastminster  Church  which  we  have  aided  through  the  years 
has  become  an  organized  church.  We  have  encouraged  the  organization 
of  a  new  Sunday  School  for  Negroes  in  the  Cook's  Memorial  community. 

Practically  four  and  one  half  acres  have  been  purchased  adjoining 
the  Nations  Ford  Homes  Development  and  plans  are  under  way  for  the 
construction  of  a  building  there.  The  new  Sunday  School  at  Star  has 
been  making  progress  and  they  are  now  meeting  in  their  new  building. 
A  petition  is  being  circulated  for  the  organization  of  the  Star  Presby- 
terian Church. 

Consideration  has  been  given  to  the  purchase  of  other  properties 
suggested  in  the  Hyde  Report. 

Finances 

Our  report  for  the  year  is  attached — showing  receipts  and  their 
sources  and  disbursements.  We  are  happy  to  report  that  the  majority 
of  our  aid-receiving  churches  have  taken  a  larger  share  of  their  pas- 
tor's salary  for  the  year  1953.  Of  special  mention  is  the  Benton  Heights 
Church,  which  on  April  1st  came  to  full  self-support. 

During  the  year  the  Church  and  Manse  Fund  has  been  greatly  in- 
creased in  its  ability  for  usefulness.  There  are  scores  of  new  partici- 
pants. The  Committee  is  yet  desirous  of  making  it  still  more  powerfifl 
in  its  aid  for  buildings. 

Your  Committee  has  promoted  the  formation  of  the  Belk  larger 
Parish  consisting  of  Banks,  Six  Mile  Creek,  Rehoboth  and  Unionville 
Presbyterian  Churches.  We  feel  that  the  pastor.  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue, 
eTr.,  will  make  phenomenal  success  of  this  venture. 

Personnel 

There  have  been  transfers  of  good  members  of  our  personnel  and 
there  have  been  excellent  additions.  After  Seminary  graduation,  Mr.  C. 
Don  Coffey,  III,  comes  to  take  the  pastorate  of  the  Ridgecrest  and  Oak- 


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boro   Presbyterian   Churches.    The  only  vacancies  pressing  to   be  filled 
now  are  the  Cameronian  and  Park  Avenue  Churches. 

Too  much  cannot  be  said  in  appreciation  and  in  thanksgiving  to 
God  for  the  services  of  the  splendid  laymen  w^ho  have  conducted  many 
services  throughout  the  year. 

As  we  enter  a  new  year,  we  ask  for  the  continued  support  and  prayers 
of  the  Presbytery  for  our  Committee,  our  zealous  and  consecrated 
ministers  and  lay  workers.  With  the  Presbytery's  unqualified  backing 
and  blessing  of  God,  we  will  lengthen  our  cords  and  strengthen  our 
stakes. 

Financial  Report  of  the  Home  Mission  Committee 
for  1952-1953 

RECEIPTS 

Balance      $  8,527.15 

Benevolent  Account    52,041.39 

Vacation  Fund   790.25 

For  Negro  Delegates   440.00 

Salary  and   Other  Refunds    663.39 

Interest      136.08 

Dividends      32.00 

Belk  Brothers  Company   3,000.00 

Sale  of  Materials    80.00 

For  Westminster   Church    7,436.92 

N.  C.  State  Highway  Commission 150.00 

Collection  of  Loan    50.04 

Nevin    Church    59.55 

Balance  on   State   Street  Property    250.00 

Beam   Fund    400.00 

Church  and  Manse  Building  Fund   15.00 

Designated      247.17 

Memorial  to  the  late  Mr.  Chas.  W.  Tillett  .  10.00 


$74,355.94 


DISBURSEMENTS 

Salaries  and   Supplies    $28,602.02 

Minister  to  the  Hospitals   3,300.00 

M.A.F.  and  E.A.F.  Dues   1,522.03 

Collector  of  Internal  Revenue   1,827.40 

Christmas    Checks    600.00 

Vacation  Fund  855.15 

Book  Fund    242.06 

Negro  Work  (Exclusive  of  Salaries)    990.01 

Insurance       112.85 

Church  and  Manse  Building  Fund 156.19 

Mecklenburg   Presbyterian    543.99 

Amay  James   Addition    568.02 

For   Smallwood    601.02 

Committee   Expense    367.05 

Film  Lease   120.00 

Building    Repair    373.23 

Star  Building  Fund   2,000.00 


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Scholarship  Fund    136.45 

Westminster   Church    7,436.92 

Bank  of   Commerce    9,427.12 

Committee  on  Evangelism    57.00 

Miscellaneous     341.15 

Board  of  Church  Extension  59.55 

Balance  on  Hal  Hyde  Survey   326.52 

Appropriations : 

North  Charlotte  Church   250.00 

Belk  Larger  Parish  Manse    1,500.00 

The  W.  H.  Belk  Presby.  Chapel 

(Nations  Ford  Hms)    5,000.00 

Clanton  Memorial   3,000.00 

Lee  Park  (Conditional)    2,000.00     $72,315.73 


Balance    $  2,040.21 

Financial  Report  of  the  Church  and  Manse  Building  Fund 
for  1952-1953 

RECEIPTS 

Additional  on  Eastminster  Call    $      15.00 

Shuman  Avenue  Call   1,431.83 

Nations  Ford  Homes  Call   1,435.33 

Star  Presbyterian  Church  Call   1,658.83 

$4,540.99 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Home  Mission  Committee  15.00 

Star  Presbyterian   Church    1,658.83 


$1,673.83 


Balance   $2,867.16 

Financial  Report  of  the  W.  H.  Belk  Fund 
1952-1953 

This  fund,  established  for  the  promotion  of  Home  Mission  work  in 
the  Presbytery  through  a  gift  from  Mr.  W.  H.  Belk,  is  disbursed  under 
the  direction  of  the  Home  Mission  Subcommittee.  Additional  funds  will 
be  available  for  the  Fund  during  the  next  several  years.  Generally, 
the  funds  are  available  for  loans,  with  minor  disbursements  only  in  the 
nature  of  gifts  or  grants. 

RECEIPTS 

Balance— April  10,  1952    $13,912.64 

Orange  Grove  Money  5,000.00 

Interest  on  Orange  Grove  notes   1,750.00 

Interest   on   Loans    81.70 

Dividends       125.00 


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Wm.  Black  Home  (loan  repaid)    4,000.00 

Oakboro  Presby.  Church  (loan  repaid)   1,000.00 

Ridgecrest  Pr.  Church — on  loan  175.00 

Park  Avenue    50.20 

Mrs.  Sarah  B.  Gambrell   800.00 

Mrs.  W.  H.  Belk  600.00 


$27,494.54 


DISBURSEMENTS 

Catechism  Awards    276.00 

On  Nations  Ford  Homes  lot 1,000.00 

Designated  Gifts   1,500.00 

Loans       7,300.00 

Wm.  Black  Home   4,000.00 

Park  Avenue    1,700.00 

Ridgecrest     600.00 

Oakboro      1,000.00       


10.076.00 


Balance    $17,418.54 

Report  of  Anson  Presbyterian  Fund 
1952-1953 

The  Anson  Presbyterian  Fund  was  established  in  1952  through  a 
gift  of  $2,000  and  is  restricted  to  the  support  of  Home  Mission  work  in 
Anson  County. 

RECEIPTS 

Balance      $  2,000.00     $  2,000.00 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Salary  of  student  at  Hawley  Memorial  ....        303.40 

Withholding   Tax    41.60 

On  Flooring  Basement  at  Hawley  Memorial        250.00 

595.00 


Balance    $  1,405.00 

Appropriations 

South  Park  $  450.00 

Oakboro-Ridgecrest      1,458.00 

Biscoe-Star      675.00 

Alton-Bethany      1,330.00 

McQuay      414.00 

Lee  Park-Turner   600.00 

Marshville     675.00 

Smallwood  (2)    3,150.00 

Walkersville 405.00 


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Morris  Field  2,250.00 

Brainerd-Community       825.00 

Seigle    Avenue    (2)     3,375.00 

Locust-Indian  Hill 300.00 

Camden-Morven     675.00 

Amay  James    2,115.00 

Belk  Larger  Parish   3,000.00 

Cameronian-Park  Avenue   563.00 

M.A.F.  Dues  1,500.00 

Social  Security  Dues   98.00 

Film  Lease   90.00 

Book  Fund    300.00 

Minister  to  the  Hospital  2,475.00 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery   400.00 

Miscellaneous     300^00 

Expansion  Fund    33,000.00 


$60,423.00 


REPORT  OF  THE  SUB-COMMITTEE  ON  NEGRO  WORK 

Your  sub-committee  has  met  six  times  during  the  past  church  year 
and  the  following  is  the  situation  in  the  various  fields  of  our  Negro 
Work  in  the  Charlotte  area: 

1.  Double  Oaks — Rev.  Moses  James  left  this  field  in  Januray  for 
new  work  in  Chattanooga,  Tennessee.  At  the  present  time  Sunday 
School  and  Youth  Programs  are  being  directed  at  Double  Oaks  by  James 
Cooley,  elder  in  Amay  James  Church.  James  Cooley  and  his  family 
are  living  free  of  charge  in  our  apartment  in  the  Double  Oaks  section. 
Attendance  in  Sunday  School  averages  from  10  to  20  and  at  Young 
People's  Meetings  from  25  to  30. 

2.  Oaklawn — A  student  from  Johnson  C.  Smith  University  is  direct- 
ing the  Sunday  School.  The  R.  A.  Dunn  Foundation  is  paying  him 
$35.00  per  month.  He  also  visits  in  the  community  two  afternoons  per 
week.    Average  attendance  in  Sunday  School  is  35  to  40. 

3.  Cook's  Memorial — Sunday  School  is  being  held  there  each  week 
with  the  help  of  leaders  from  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church  in 
the  old  A  M  E  Church  Building.  Average  attendance  is  60.  Recently, 
a  piano  was  contributed  to  this  work  by  Mr.  Walter  Kellen. 

4.  Shuman  Avenue — A  Religious  Education  worker  (woman)  is 
conducting  Sunday  School  and  Youth  Work  and  Visitation.  Programs 
are  being  held  in  the  Administration  Building  of  the  project  there.  She 
is  being  paid  $150  per  month  by  the  R.  A.  Dunn  Foundation.  Average 
attendance  is  40  to  60. 

5.  Amay  James — Rev.  Leon  Anderson  left  this  work  Feb.  1,  1953,  to 
serve  as  Regional  Director  of  Religious  Education  for  the  Assembly's 
Negro  Work.  White  laymen  are  conducting  Sunday  services  there. 
Average  attendance  is  30  to  60.  The  congregation  has  invited  Rev.  J. 
E.  McKenzie  of  Mooresville  to  preach  there  Sunday  April  12,  in  view 
of  extending  him  a  call  to  serve  as  pastor  of  their  church. 


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6.  The  sub-committee  has  invited  the  Rev.  Andrew  A.  Allen,  pastor 
of  one  of  our  Negro  Churches  in  Greenville,  S.  C,  to  visit  the  Double 
Oaks  and  Oaklawn  fields  in  view  of  serving  as  pastor  of  these  two  fields. 
We  expect  him  to  make  us  a  vist  soon. 

7.  Your  sub-committee  has  been  in  constant  contact  with  Dr.  Alex 
Batchelor  and  Rev.  Lawrence  Bottoms  of  our  Assembly's  Negro  Work 
office.  They  have  been  seeking  Negro  ministers  for  our  fields.  There 
appears  to  be  a  critical  shortage  of  ordained  Negro  ministers.  Your 
sub-committee  has  also  interviewed  the  Seniors  at  J.  C.  Smith  Univer- 
sity and  there  is  a  possibility  that  one  of  them  may  be  interested  in  our 
work.  We  have  been  in  communication  with  a  number  of  Presbyterian 
USA  Negro  ministers  but  as  yet  have  been  unable  to  secure  the  services 
of  any  of  them.  Ministers  and  Elders  of  Presbytery  are  urged  to  pray 
that  God  will  send  us  Negro  ministers  to  serve  our  field. 

REPORT  OF  THE  SUB-COMMITTEE  ON  EVANGELISM 

Your  Sub-Committee  on  Evangelism  would  report  that  it  is  our  desire 
to  render  all  possible  assistance  to  the  cause  of  Evangelism.  Through 
the  Presbytery's  office  we  have  cooperated  with  the  Charlotte  Preach- 
ing Mission  in  that  communications  were  sent  as  requested  to  our 
churches  by  the  Publicity  Committee  and  posters  were  delivered  to 
churches  within  a  thirty-mile  radius  or  were  given  to  responsible  in- 
dividuals who  would  deliver  them. 

There  is  on  hand  in  the  Presbytery's  office  a  limited  amount  of 
material  needed  for  Visitation  Evangelism.  It  may  be  had  for  the  ask- 
ing. 

Your  Chairman  has  attended  the  initial  meeting  of  the  Synod's 
Sub-Committee  on  Evangelism,  at  which  meeting  the  new  Director  of 
Evangelism,  Rev.  M.  B.  Faust,  outlined  some  plans  for  the  future. 
Your  Committee  will  cooperate  with  Synod's  Committee  in  any  Synod- 
wide  campaign  of  Evangelism. 

There  has  been  referred  to  us  a  communication  from  the  Synod  and 
from  the  General  Assembly.  We  have  given  consideration  to  them. 
The  following  recommendations  are  made:  1.  That  S.  M.  Inman,  Jr., 
President  of  the  Presbyterian  Youth  FelloAvship  of  Mecklenburg  Pres- 
bytery, Mrs.  Boyce  W.  Hunter,  President  of  the  Women  of  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery  and  Howard  B.  Arbuckle,  Jr.,  President  of  the  Men  of  the 
Presbytery,  and  their  successors  in  office,  be  elected  to  the  Presbytery's 
Council  on  Evangelism — said  Council  to  be  composed  of  the  Sub-Com- 
mittee on  Evangelism  in  the  Presbytery  and  the  aforehand  officers  and 
their    successors. 

2.  That  S.  M.  Inman,  Jr.,  Mrs.  Boyce  W.  Hunter  and  Howard  Ar- 
buckle, Jr.,  and  their  successors  in  office  be  elected  to  the  Synod's  Coun- 
cil on  Evangelism. 

3.  That  each  local  congregation  be  urged  through  its  session  to  ap- 
point a  Committee  on  Evangelism,  representative  of  various  adult  and 
young  people's  working  groups  of  the  congregation. 

4.  That  all  churches  be  urged  to  have  at  least  one  evangelistic 
meeting  each  year. 

5.  That  our  churches  be  urged  to  have  a  monthly  program  of 
Visitation  Evangelism. 


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6.  That  all  pastors  be  urged  to  follow  up  their  members  who  have 
moved  away:  (a)  By  writing  the  Presbyterian  pastor  or  pastors'  associ- 
ation in  the  community  to  which  the  member  has  moved,  and  (b)  That 
a  report  of  such  Presbyterians  who  have  moved  away  be  made  to  the 
Stated  Clerk  at  each  regular  meeting  of  Presbytery,  and  that  ^uch  in- 
formation be  forwarded  to  the  Division  of  Evangelism. 

Your  Committee  on  Evangelism  is  ready  to  assist  any  church  need- 
ing help  in  any  evangelistic  meeting  by  suggesting  ministers  who  have 
been  used  of  God  in  soul  winning.  It  is  our  desire  to  be  of  help  in  this 
regard. 

We  call  upon  our  pastors  to  keep  the  cause  of  evangelism  in  the 
forefront  in  the  thinking,  planning  and  activity  of  each  congregation. 
May  we  be  reminded  that  "He  that  winneth  souls  is  wise"  and  that  it 
was  first  in  the  thought  and  passion  of  our  Lord. 

REPORT  OF  SUBCOMMITTEE  OF  CHRISTIAN  RELATIONS 

Letters  have  been  exchanged  with  Rev.  Malcolm  P.  Calhoun,  Sec- 
retary of  the  General  Assembly's  Board  of  Church  Extension. 

He  advised  that  pamphlets  and  other  material  were  being  prepared 
and  would  be  sent  to  Presbytery  Chairmen.  Some  of  this  material  was 
later  received,  including: 

"National   Security  and  the   Christian   Message, 

"Divorce  and  Re-marriage, 

"Roman  Catholicism  and  Protestantism, 

"Religion  and  Morals." 

These  are  copies  of  reports  made  to  the  Church  in  previous  years. 
They  deal  with  important  matters,  and  perhaps  have  already  been  read 
by  many  of  our  ministers. 

The  emphasis  upon  these  topics  would  vary  according  to  an  individ- 
ual's background  and  point  of  view.  It  is  suggested  that  the  booklet  on 
"Roman  Catholicism  and  Protestantism"  is  of  improtance  in  view  of 
the  continuing  and  vigorous  efforts  of  the  Romanists  to  propagandize 
the  United  States  and  influence  those  in  high  places  and  low. 

REPORT  OF  THE  SUB-COMMITTEE  ON  RADIO 

With  the  departure  of  Rev.  J.  B.  Ficklen,  who  had  been  named  in 
October  as  Chairman  of  the  Sub-Committee  on  Radio,  the  writer  was 
asked  to  resume  the  Chairmanship  of  this  Sub-Committee. 

In  the  plan  of  the  Synod's  Committee  for  Radio  broadcasts  over  a 
period  of  weeks,  our  Presbytery  was  asked  to  provide  the  message  for 
one  week.  Radio  Station  WBT  in  Charlotte  kindly  continued  its  coopera- 
tion in  recording  the  messages.  Rev.  Samuel  M.  Glasgow,  D.D.,  pre- 
pared the  message  and  the  Chairman  took  him  to  the  studios  of  WBT. 
His  message,  "Facing  These  Days  Without  Monotony,"  was  processed 
by  the  Assembly's  Committee  in  Atlanta,  and  a  good  job  was  done.  The 
message  was  broadcast  by  WBT  on  Saturday  before  Easter. 


54  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Information  is  not  at  hand  as  to  what  other  radio  stations  in  the 
bounds  of  our  Presbytery  used  or  will  use  these  programs. 

Submitted  by 

Rev.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  Chairman 

Committee   On  Church   Extension 

Campaign  for  Negro  Work — The  Rev.  S.  M.  Inman  ad- 
dressed the  Presbytery  on  the  forth  coming  assembly-wide 
campaign  on  Negro  Work.  This  was  received  as  information. 

Report  of  Presbytery's  Council — ^The  following  recommen- 
dations of  the  Presbytery's  Council  were  read  and  adopted. 

Presbytery's  Council  recommends  that: 

1.  That  Presbytery  adopt  the  policy  that  Candidates  for  licensure 
and  ordination  in  Mecklenburg  be  required  to  have  at  least  one  year 
study  in  a  Presbyterian  Seminary. 

2.  That  Presbytery  inau^rate  programs  to  train  Clerks  of  Sessions 
in  methods  of  compiling  Statistical  Reports,  as  is  done  in  Orange  Pres- 
bytery. 

3.  That  Presbytery  adopt  on  second  reading  the  manual  change 
providing  for  the  inclusion  in  the  personnel  of  Presbytery's  Council  the 
President  and  Treasurer  of  the  Women  of  the  Presbytery. 

4.  That  Treasurers  of  churches  and  other  agencies  of  the  Presby- 
tery be  bonded. 

R.  A.  Grier,  Chairman 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Secretary 

Report  of  Committee  on  Nominations — The  Committee  on 
Nominations  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

The  Committee  on  Nominations  recommends: 

Trustee  of  Davidson — Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall  to  replace  T.  S.  Mc- 
Pheeters  class  of  1954. 

Commission  on  Minister  and  His  Work — Elder  Walter  Fi-aley  to 
replace  J.  W.  Armstrong  class  of  1954. 

J.  A.  Jones,  Chairman 

Report  of  Committee  on  Resolutions — The  following  report 
of  the  Committee  on  Resolutions  was  read  and  adopted: 

THE  COMMITTEE  ON  RESOLUTIONS 

Be  it  resolved: 

1.  That  the  Presbytery  express  its  gratitude  to  God  for  the  Thomas- 
boro  Presbyterian  Church  and  for  the  evidences  seen  this  day  of 
her  splendid  achievements  in  the  things  of  our  Lord's  Kingdom. 


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2.  That  the  Presbytery  express  its  gratitude  to  the  minister  and 
the  members  of  the  Thomasboro  Church  for  their  gracious  and 
thoughtful  hospitality,  especially  to  the  Women  for  the  delight- 
ful dinner  which  they  prepared  and  served. 

3.  That  we  request  the  minister,  Rev.  Mr.  Samuel  H.  Zealy,  to  con- 
vey these  sentiments  to  the  membership  of  his  congregation  at 
large,  in  such  manner  as  he  may  deem  appropriate. 

4.  That  we  here  record  our  gratitude  to  God  for  this  day  sp.ent  in 
His  followship  and  service;  for  His  Word  communciated  to  us  in 
the  sermon  preached  by  our  retiring  moderator,  and  for  His 
Spirit  felt  among  us  in  the  atmosphere  in  which  the  deliberations 
and  decisions  of  the  day  were  conducted. 

J.  W.  Flowe 

C.  L.  Liles 

A.  T.  Taylor 

T.  W.  MacLean,  Chairman 

Report  of  Committee  on  Synod's  Minutes — A  verbal  report 
of  the  Committee  on  Synod's  Minutes  was  heard  and  received 
as  information. 

Treasurers'  Reports — The  following  reports  of  the  treasur- 
ers of  Presbytery  were  read  and  adopted: 

REPORT  OF  R.  H.  STONE,  CENTRAL  TREASURER  OF 
BENEVOLENCES  FOR  THE  YEAR  1952-1953 

There  has  been  received  from  churches  and  their  organizations  and 
individuals  the  sum  of  $280,708.74  during  the  Church  Year  1952-53  and 
has  been  disbursed  according  to  the  Presbytery's  percentages  or  as 
directed  by  givers,  as  follows: 

Board  of  World  Missions   $  62,237.40 

Board  of  Church  Extension   31,941.87 

Board   of   Christian   Education    12,779.78 

Board  of  Annuities  and  Relief   12,004.06 

Board  of  Women's  Work   15.00 

General  Fund 13,856.43 

Inter-Church  Agencies  466.89 

Overseas    Relief    588.97 

American  Bible   Society    270.20 

Oklahoma  Presbyterian  College    23.75 

Mountain  Retreat  Association  74.04 

American  Mission  to  Lepers   41.00 

Defense    Service    250.95 

Historical   Foundation    1.00 

Tithing  Adventure    214.44 

White  Cross   11.00 

Assembly's   Training   School    10.00 

Stillman  College    200.00 

Presbyterian  Negro  Work  Campaign   50.00 

C.R.O.P 5.00 


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Synod's  Church  Extension   11,805.92 

Synod's   Educational   Institutions    32,937.14 

Presbyterian  Orphans  Home   22,508.89 

Synod's  Religious  Education    5,855.94 

Presbyterian   Home    4,312.70 

Campus  Christian  Life    3,032.99 

William  Black  Home   1,546.32 

U.  T.  S  .Mid-Century  Campaign 197.00 

Presbyterian  Junior   College    293.67 

N.  C.  Council  and  Allied  Church  League   221.79 

Presbytery's  Church  Extension   52,051.39 

The  W.  H.  Belk  Fund   6,500.00 

Presbytery's    Religious    Education    2,452.04 

Alexander  Home   451.87 

Presbytery's  Tax  Fund   872.00 

Bible  in  Public  Schools   525.00 

Designated  for  Presbytery's  Office   100.00 

Good  Samaritan  Hospital   4.30 


$280,708.74 


Paid  checks,  deposit  slips,  bank  statements  are  presented  with  this 
report. 

Respectfully  submitted, 
R.  H.   Stone,   Treasurer 

FINANCIAL  REPORT  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY'S  OFFICE 

April  16,  1952-April  7,  1953. 
RECEIPTS: 

Balance  April  16,  1952   $  123.26 

Presbytery's  Tax  Fund   9,250.00 

For  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERIAN  . .  233.93 

Committee  on  Religious  Education  et  al   . .  2,449.00 

Stillman  Delegates    75.00 

Women  of  Covenant  Presbyterian  Church  . .  100.00 

Presbyterian   Ministers'  Association    12.50 

From  World  Mission  film  showings 393.82 

$12,637.51     $12,637.51 
DISBURSEMENTS 

Salary  of  Executive   Secretary    $  4,000.00 

Travel  Allowance  of  Executive  Secretary  . .  1,000.00 

Manse    Allowance    600.00 

M.A.F.   dues    300.00 

For   Office    Secretary    1,899.16 

Director  of  Internal  Revenue    556.14 

To  Camp   Stewart  personnel 2,334.00 

For  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERIAN  . .  233.98 

World  Mission  film  expense 383.76 

Stillman  delegate    75.00 

Presbyterian   Ministers'   Association    10.00 


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Office  expense  and  equipment   1,166.27 

Bank  withholdings    (all  accounts)    17.99 

$12,576.30     $12,576.30 


BALANCE     $61.21 

Submitted  herewith  are  deposit  slips,  paid  checks,  bank  statements 
and  paid  invoices. 

♦  Respectfully   Submitted, 

R.  H.  Stone, 
Executive   Secretary. 

PRESBYTERY'S  TAX  FUND 
RECEIPTS 

Balance  on  hand  April   1,   1952    $      544.22 

Received  by  the  treasurer  from  churches   22,105.84 

Total  Receipts    $22,650.06 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Presbytery's  Office  Expense   $  9,250.00 

Camp  Stewart  Expense   4,800.00 

Expense   of   Presbytery   Meetings    200.00 

Stated   Clerk   Office   Help    600.00 

E.  C.  Scott,  General  Assembly's  Assessment   . .  3,424.85 

H.  J.  Dudley,   Synod's  Assessment    1,190.27 

Stated    Clerk    Salary    600.00 

Permanent    Clerk    Salary    40.00 

Aassistant  Clerk   Salary    40.00 

Lassister   Press,    Printing   Minutes    1,115.00 

Von-Boechmann  Jones  Co.,  Statistical  Reports  . .  34.50 

Shepherd  Bros.,   Printing    37.55 

Presbyterian  Book  Store,  Supplies   30.15 

Kale-Lawing  Co.,  Supplies   31.35 

Postage    112.00 

Minister's   Annuity  Fund 45.00 

E.  H.  Austin,  Auditing  Treasurer's  Books    ....  5.00 

Total   Disbursements    $21,555.67 

Balance  on  hand  April   1,   1953    $  1,094.39 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Treasurer 

Statistical  Report  to  the  General  Assembly — An  incom- 
complete  report  was  read  to  the  Presbytery  and  the  Stated 
Clerk  was  given  permission  to  complete  the  Statistical  Report 
to  the  General  Assembly,  sign  it  and  forward  as  soon  as  pos- 
sible to  the  Stated  Clerk  of  the  General  Assembly. 


58  MINUTES  OF   MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Invitation  for  Fall  Meeting — The  Presbytery  accepted  the 
invitation  of  the  Robinson  Church  to  hold  its  Fall  Stated 
Session  at  that  Church. 

Ad-Interim  Committee  Appointed — An  Ad-Interim  Com- 
mittee as  appointed  to  study  the  matter  of  giving  executive 
powers  to  the  sub-committee  on  Home  Missions,  to  report  at 
next  meeting  of  Presbytery. 

Report  of  Sub-Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief — A  ver- 
bal report  of  the  Sub-Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief  was 
made  and  received  as  information. 

Manual  Change — A  Manual  Change  covering  the  special 
order  for  the  election  of  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assem- 
bly was  presented  on  second  reading.  The  motion  to  change 
the  Manual  failed  to  pass. 

Union ville  Property — ^Presbytery  directed  Rev.  R.  H. 
Stone  to  investigate  the  restrictions  in  the  deed  on  the  prop- 
erty on  which  the  Unionville  Church  Manse  stands.  He  is  to 
report  his  findings  to  the  next  meeting  of  Presbytery. 

Resolution  Adopted — The  following  resolution  was  read 
and  adopted. 

That  the  Home  Mission  Committee  advise  the  Commission 
on  the  Minister  and  His  Work  the  amount  of  supplement  to 
ministers  salaries  being  called  into  the  Presbytery  and  that 
this  be  reported  by  the  Commission  and  be  considered  an 
obligation  of  the  Presbytery  to  the  Minister. 

Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

Presbytery  adjourned  with  prayer  led  by  the  Moderator  to 
meet  in  its  next  Stated  Session  at  the  Paw  Creek  Presbyterian 
Church  at  9  A.M.,  July  21,  1953. 


Hugh  B.  Carter,  Moderator 


F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 
B.  F.  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


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Called  Meeting 

First  Church,  Raleigh,  N.  C. 

April  14,  1953 

201st  Stated  Meeting 

Paw  Creek  Church,  Paw  Creek,  N.  C. 

July  21,  1953 

Called  Meeting 

First  Church,  Wilson,  N.  C. 

September  9,  1953 

Adjourned  Meeting 

First  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

September  21,  1953 

202nd  Stated  Session 

Robinson  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

October  20,  1953 

Next  Stated  Session 

Covenant  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  19,  1954 


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of 

MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 


Called  Meeting 

First  Church,  Raleigh,  N.  C. 

April  14,  1953 

201st  Stated  Meeting 

Paw  Creek  Church,  Paw  Creek,  N.  C. 

July  21,  1953 

Called  Meeting 

First  Church,  Wilson,  N.  C. 

September  9,  1953 

Adjourned  Meeting 
First  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
September  21,  1953       * 

202nd  Stated  Session 

Robinson  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

October  20,  1953 

Next  Stated  Session 

Covenant  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  19,  1954 


INDEX 


Page 

Adjournment    14.  37,  39,  47,  59 

Adjourned  Meeting   28,  40 

Afternoon  Sessions    35,  57 

Arrangements  24,  51 

Called  Meetings   14,  28,  38 

Calls  to  Churches    26,  55 

Candidates 

Examined  for  Licensure    27 

Examined  and  Received    27,  54 

Transferred    26 

Commissioners  to  General 

Assembly  Report   35 

Minister  and  His  Work    26,54 

To   Install  ministers    28,29,30,58 

To  Organize  Church 55,  56 

To  Ordain  and  Install   30 

Committees    Appointed 

Special    Committees    27,28,58 

Standing  Committees   25,  52 

Committees   Reporting 

Assembly's  Work  59 

Church    Extension    31,32,33,34,57 

Homes    57 

Ministerial  Education 27,  53 

Nominations     53 

Presbytery's 

Council    .  .  .28,  40,  41,  42,  43,  44,  45,  57 

Committtee  Reporting  (Standing) 

Installations     58 

Records  of  Presbytery    35 

Resolutions    36,  46,  58 

Assembly's    Minutes    59 

Communications  25,  26,  52 

Communion    Service    48 

Directory    4,  5,  6 

Docket     24,  25,  51,  52 


Page 

Docket    Schedule    3 

History  of  Churches 

Pavir    Creek   Church    20,21,22 

Robinson  Church   48,  49 

Manual   Changes   Introduced    45 

Memorial  to 

Rev.  W.  H.  Frazer 16,  17,  18,  19,  20 

Ministers 

Excused 25,  52 

Received    26,54 

Ordained 27 

Transferred    26 


Minutes  Read  and 
Accepted    .... 


14.37,39,47,59 


Moderator 

Elected    23,51 

Nominated    35,  57 

Next  Meeting    37,54 

Night   Sessions    46 

Opening  Exercises  16,  48 

Pastorial  Relationship  Dissolved 26 

Plan   of   Union   Discussion    46 

Presbytery  Meetings    Back  Cover 

Privilege   of   Floor    46 

Recess    35,  45.  57 

Roll    Call     14,  22,  23,  39,  40,  50 

Roll   of   Churches    8,  9,  10,  11.  12,  13 

Roll   of   Ministers    7 

Ruling    Elders    introduced    23.50 

Special    Addresses    35 

Stated   Sessions   of   Presbytery    16.  48 

Suggested  Changes  in  Plan  of  Union   ...46 

Unionville   Church    Property    36 

Visiting  Brethren    23,  40,  50 


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DOCKET  SCHEDULE 


WINTER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Records  of  Presbytery 

(c)  Education 

(d)  Assembly's  Work 

(e)  Ministerial  Education 
Election  of  Commissioners  to 

General  Assembly 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SPRING  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Church  Extension 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Presbytery's  Council 

(d)  Sessional  Records 

(e)  Synod's  Minutes 
Reports  of  Treasurers  and 

Trustees 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SUMMER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Records  of  Presbytery 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 

Adjourn 


FALL  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Assembly's  Minutes 

(d)  Nominations 

(e)  Homes 

New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


The  Stated  Session  of  Presbytery  convenes  at  9 :00  A.  M. 
the  third  Tuesday  in  each  quarter. 


on 


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DIRECTORY 


OFFICERS  OF  THE  PRESBYTERY 

Rev.  J.  A.  Carriker,  Moderator  of  Summer  Meeting 
Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Moderator  of  Fall  Meeting 
Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk  (1955) 
Rev.  B.  Frank  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk  (1954) 
Rev.  A,  Leslie  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk  (1956) 
Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Executive  Secretary  (1956) 


TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected  for  Four  Years: 

1954— Mr.  George  S.  Crouch;  Mr.  H.  W.  Moore,  Charlotte; 

Rev.  W.  L.  Hall 
1955 — Rev.  Jas.  A.  Jones,  Mr.  I.  W.  Stewart,  Charlotte 

Presbytery — 

1954— Mr.  Thomas  C.  Ruff,  Charlotte 
1955 — Mr.  John  S.  Cansler,  Chairman 
1956— Mr.  W.  H.  Abernathy,  Charlotte 


COMMISSIONS 

The  Minister  and  His  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long 

1955 — Rev.  R.  C.  Long,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Mr.  James  Williams 
1954— Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson,  Rev.  C.  G.  McClure,  Mr.  Walter  Fraley 
1956— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Mr.  A.  R.  Shaw 


COMMITTEES 

Assembly's  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff 

Sub  Committee  on  World  Missions 

1954 — Mr.  Crosby  Dunn 

1955— Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff 

1956 — Rev.  H.  L.  Thomas,  Chairman 

Sub  Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief 

1954— Mr.  A.  A.  Porter 

1955 — Rev.  A.  T.  Taylor 

1956 — Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  Chairman 

Sub  Committee  on  Woman's  Work 

1954— Rev.  M.  G.  Lyerly 

1955 — Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  Chairman 

1956— Mr.  J.  W.  Russell 

Sub  Committee  on  Assembly's  Special  Causes 

1954— Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy 

1955— Mr.  C.  W.  Wilson 

1956 — Rev.  J.  S.  Garner,  Chairman 


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Church  Extension: 

Chairman — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 
Sub  Committee  on  Christian  Relations 
1954— Mr.  G.  D.  Aitken 
1955 — Rev.  W.  A.  Gamble,  Chairman 
1956 — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 
Sub  Committee  on  Evangelism 
1954— Rev.  W.  R.  Price,  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper 
1955 — Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman;  Dr.  Hamilton  W.  McKay 
1956— Rev.  R.  G.  Balnicky 
Sub  Committee  on  Radio 
1954— Rev.  B.  F.  Moore 
1955— Rev.  C.  S.  Miller,  Chairman 
1956— Mr.  Paul  B.  Marion 
Sub  Committee  on  Home  Missions 

1954 — Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Mr.  Irwin  Belk,  Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson 
1955— Rev.  W.  I.  Howell,  Jr.,  Mr.  W.  E.  Price,  Mr.  C.  W.  Gilchrist 
1956 — Rev.  I.  H.  Chadwick;  Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier,  Chairman; 
Rev.  H.  S.  Schum;  Mrs.  C.  W.  Tillett 

Education : 

Chairman — Rev.  L.  I.  Stell 

Sub  Committee  on  Education  Institutions 

1954— Rev.  R.  C.  Long,  Chairman;  Dr.  T.  D.  Sparrow 

1955— Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  J.  W.  Thomson 

1956— Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

Sub  Committee  on  Campus  Christian  Life 

1954— Mr.  John  Otts 

1955— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 

1956 — Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Chairman 

Sub  Committee  on  Religious  Education 

1954 — Mr.  J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Chairman;  Rev.  M.  B.  Prince, 
Rev.  J.  R.  Crook 

1955— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle,  Rev.  S.  W.  Hogue 

Ex-Officio— Pres.  of  S.  S.  S.  Asso.— Mr.  Alex  McMillan 

Presbyterial  Chairman  of  Ed. — Mrs.  J.  R.  Nisbet 
Pres.  Men  of  Presbytery — Mr.  J.  W.  Grier,  Jr. 
Pres.  of  Youth  Fellowship — Sam  Inman,  Jr. 

1956— Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  Mr.  J.  N.  Stribling,  Mr.  B.  A.  Estridge 

Presbytery's  Council: 

Chairman — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

1954— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Mr.  R.  L.  Price,  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall 

1955 — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Mr.  C.  G.  Sellers 

Ex-Officio — The  Moderator  and  the  Stated  Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The    President   and    Treasurer   Women    of   the    Church 

1956 — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Mr.  R.  Z.  Thomas 

Ministerial  Education: 

Chairman — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters 

1954— Rev.  H.  V.  Carson,  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan,  Mr.  Paul  Frye 

1955— Rev.  W.  M.  Walsh,  Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson,  Mr.  P.  F.  Howerton 

1956 — Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters,  Mr.  H.  C.  Williams 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Homes: 

Chairman — Rev.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit 

1954— Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff,  Rev.  J.  B.  Holder,  Mr.  J.  B.  Watt 
1955— Rev.  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  Mr.  D.  G.  Kimbrell,  Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn 
1956 — Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Rev.  K.  N.  Nesbit,  Mr.  J.  David  Flowers 

Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 

1954 — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson,  Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Mr.  Harrell  Auten 

1955— Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters,  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper,  Mr.  T.  M. 

Blackwelder 
1956— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Mr.  J.  B. 

Kuykendall 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF 

MINISTERS 

1. 

J.   W.   Grier 

51. 

D.  S.  Chalabie 

2. 

C.  H.  Little 

52. 

J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  D.D. 

3. 

J.  W.  Stork,  D.D. 

53. 

H.  G.  Bedinger,  D.D. 

4. 

Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  Th.D. 

54. 

Carl   S.   Miller 

5. 

M.  E.  Peabody 

55. 

Ben  F.  Moore 

6. 

W.  H.  Johnston 

56. 

Watt  M.  Cooper 

7. 

J.  C.  McGehee 

57. 

H.  V.  Carson,  D.D. 

8. 

B.  Frank  Yandell 

58. 

Harold  D.   Hayward,   Th.D. 

9. 

W.  C.  Copeland 

59. 

G.  Dana  Waters 

10. 

J.  C.  Grier 

60. 

Olin  M.  Whitener 

11. 

T.  R.  Alexander 

61. 

W.  J.  Huneycutt 

12. 

A.  T.  Taylor 

62. 

Samuel  H.  Zealy 

13. 

M.  B.  Prince,  Jr. 

63. 

W.  B.  McSwain 

14. 

H.  C.  Carmichael 

64. 

Roy  E.  Hoke,  Ph.D. 

15. 

W.  B.  Neill 

65. 

F.  C.  Wilkinson 

16. 

C.  D.  Whiteley,  D.D. 

66. 

D.  E.  Wilkinson 

17. 

R.  A.  Young,  D.D. 

67. 

E.  B.  Cooper 

18. 

Chas.  M.  Boyd,  D.D. 

68. 

Ira  H.  Rawles 

19. 

A.  L.  Roberts 

69. 

J.  P.  Holder 

20. 

Daniel  K.  Snyder 

70. 

Lawrence  I.  Stell,  D.D. 

21. 

T.  H.  Mitchell 

71. 

J.  Gilbert  Kirkhoff 

22. 

W.  T.  Smith 

72. 

M.  G.  Lyerly 

23. 

Jas.  A.  Jones,  D.D. 

73. 

R.  W.  Rayburn 

24. 

Jno.  R.  Rosebro,  D.D. 

74. 

W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr. 

25. 

F.  R.  McAlister 

75. 

H.  L.  Thomas 

26. 

R.  H.  Stone,  D.D. 

76. 

Hugh  Pollard 

27. 

E.  L.  Flanagan 

77. 

W.  M.  Boyce,  D.D. 

28. 

Robert  F.  Boyd,  Th.D. 

78. 

Russell  M.  Kerr 

29. 

Frederick  C.  Debele,  Jr. 

79. 

C.  H.  McLean 

30. 

Chas  G.  McClure,  D.D. 

80. 

J.  B.  Reaves 

31. 

Sam  M.  Inman 

81. 

Geo.  A.  Fletcher 

32. 

J.  0.  Mann,  D.D. 

82. 

R.  G.  Laurens 

33. 

F.  Clyde  Pratt 

83. 

Robert  G.  Balnicky 

34. 

Jonas  Barclay 

84. 

Stewart  W.  Yandle 

35. 

W.  M.  Walsh,  D.D. 

85. 

J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

36. 

F.  S.  Johnston 

86. 

Kirk  N.  Nesbit 

37. 

Samuel  McP.  Glasgow,  D.D. 

87. 

B.  F.  Ferguson 

38. 

A.  Leslie  Thompson 

88. 

James  R.  Crook 

39. 

Wm.  A.  Gamble 

89. 

Milos  Strupl 

40. 

Roy  F.  Whitley,  Th.D. 

90. 

Sheldon  A.  Koesy 

41. 

Chas.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  D.D. 

91. 

Crawford  White 

42. 

C.  C.  McNeill,  D.D. 

92. 

J.  S.  Garner 

43. 

Warner  L.  Hall,  Ph.D. 

93. 

H.  S.  Schum 

44. 

T.  W.  MacLean 

94. 

S.  Wylie  Hogue 

45. 

Homer  A.   Spencer 

95. 

W.  G.  Workman,  Ph.D. 

46. 

Jno.  A.  Carriker 

96. 

C.  McD.  Coffey 

47. 

Henry  S.  Robinson 

97. 

I.  Howard  Chadwick 

48. 

S.  M.  Hutchison 

98. 

R.  M.  Cochran 

49. 

C.  H.  Rowan 

99. 

W.  S.  Boyce 

50. 

R.  C.  Long,  D.D. 

100. 

Robert  Turner 

MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  CHURCHES 

Churches  Clerk  of  Session  Treasurer 

Albemarle  First H.  W.  Davis  J.  T.  Boysworth 

Box  392  Rt.  2 

Albemarle,  N.  C.  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Albemarle  Second S.  A.  Boaz,  Jr.  C.  O.  Josey 

Albemarle,  N.  C.  Albemarle  Radio  Co. 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Altan J.  B.  Yarbrough  Neal  Yarbrough 

Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C.  Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Amay  James Edgar  Goodwin  Mrs.  Sarah  Reid 

504  E.  Boundry  Rt.  4,  Box  332 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Amity J.  C.  Kuck  James  P.  Sample 

Rt.  1,  Charlotte,  N.  C.  Rt.  2,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Avondale J.  E.  Klmbirl  W.  H.  Sitton 

2820  Sunset  Dr.  1321  Ordermore  Drive 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Badin ......F.  L.  Marbry  S.  E.  Beck 

Badin,  N.  C.  Badin,  N.  C. 

Banks Sam  Kell  M.  C.  Cunningham 

Rt.  3,  Waxhaw,  N.  C.  Rt.  3,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Benton  Heights Jack  Morrison  Neal  Tucker 

601  Griffin  St.  1108  Cherry  St. 

Monroe,  N.  C.  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Bethany Roy  Snipes  Roy  Snipes 

Welch  Ave.  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Bethel J.  W.  Knox,  Rt.  2  H.  B.  Knox 

Huntersville,  N.  C.  Davidson,  N.  C. 

Bethlehem Buford  A.  Price  Buford  A.  Price 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C.  Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Beulah E.  H.  Webb  R.  L.  Long 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C.  Rt.  3,  Pageland,  S.  C. 

Biscoe C.  R.  Poole  J.  Edgar  Maness 

Biscoe,  N.  C.  Biscoe,  N.  C. 

Brainerd Marvin  McGill  D.  A.  McGill 

East  Rockingham,  N.  C.East  Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Caldwell  Memorial R.  B.  Collins  R.  H.   Crockford 

339  Clement  Ave.  2117   McClintock  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Camden D.  E.  Phillips  Miss  Ethel  Hildreth 

Rt.  3  Belk  Bros. 

Wadesboro,  N.  C.  Wadesboro,  N.  C. 


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Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Cameronian M.  C.  McKenzie 

Rt.  3 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Camp  Greene J.  O.  Hawfield 

2418  Remount  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Candor D.  C.  Ewing,  Jr. 

Candor,  N.  C. 

Central  Steele  Creek      R.  R.  Grier 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Charlotte  First J.  N.  Stribling 

2108  Dilworth  Rd.,  E. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Clanton  Memorial W.  H.  Adams,  Jr. 

Box  3247 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Commonwealth E.  H.  Austin 

1240  Greenwood  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Community John  Cox 

Rt.  1,  Box  71 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Cooks  Memorial Crosby  A.  Dunn 

Rt.  9,  Box  746 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Cornelius R.  E.  Kennedy 

Box  337 
Davidson,  N.  C. 

Covenant J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr. 

1000  E.  Morehead 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Eastminster E.  C.  Williamson 

1632  Westbury  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Ellerbe  First W.  S.  McRae 

Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

Hamlet  First S.  O.  Bauersfeld 

Entwistle  St. 
Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Hawley  Memorial Carlton  Billingsley 

Box  71,  Polkton,  N.  C. 

Hopewell Joe  L.  Puckett,  Sr. 

Rt.  1 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Hollis  Gillis 
Rt.  3 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

James  Major 
1741  Evergreen  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Jack  Gathings 
Candor,  N.  C. 

T.  M.  Blackwelder 
Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 

W.  N.  Ward 
202  W.  Trade  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

L.  O.  Stikeleather 

York  Road 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  M.  Fleetwood,  Jr. 
5001  Elder  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Carl  Henry 

Hannah  Pickett 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C 

Tom  Smith,  Jr. 
Rt.  6,  Box  789D 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  E.  Baxter 

Cornelius,  N.  C. 


W.  A.  Montgomery 
1000  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  A.  Carriker,  Jr. 
2800  Shenandoah  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  W.  Carriker 
Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

John  S.  Williamson 
Pinecroft  Industries 
Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  E.  F.  Billingsley 
Box  84,  Polkton,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Whitley 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Huntersville.- J3.  F.  Kumm 

Box  115 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 

Indian  Hill R.  F.  Furr 

Rt.  1,  Oakboro,  N.  C. 

Indian  Trail E.  J.  Stinson 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Lee  Park Grady  Williams 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Locust -T.  M.  Hartsell 

Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Macedonia J.  R.  Maness 

Rt.  1,  Biscoe,  N.  C. 

Mallard  Creek W.  B.  Bingham 

Rt.  7,  Box  612 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Marks  Creek O.  C.  McRae 

Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Marshville F.  E.  Efird 

Marshville,  N.  C. 

Marston A.  W.  McKay 

Cognac,  N.  C. 

Matthews N.  O.  Alexander 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C. 

McGee N.  C.  Long 

314  N.  Hoskin  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

McLean W.  M.  Lovin 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

McQuay  Memorial J.  C.  Reid,  Jr. 

1222  S.  Bigham  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Monroe  First — W.  H.  Morrison 

Wadesboro  Rd. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Morgan  Memorial Raf  e  Williams 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Morris  Field William  D.  Loy,  Jr. 

1808  Fleetwood  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Morven W.  E.  Steagall 

Morven,  N.  C. 

Mt.  Carmel M.  Lee  Mclnnis 

Rt.  1.  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Mike  Dwyer 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 

M.  E.  Brattain 

Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

J.  W.  Shaffer 

Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C. 

B.  A.  Atwell 
409  Tallayrand 
Monroe,  N.  C. 
Worth  Little 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Daniel  J.  McCaskill 
Box  236,  Candor,  N.  C. 

A.  S.  Garrison 
Box  1826 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

H.  C.  McRae 

Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  C.  A.  Bolt 
Marshville,  N.  C. 

W.  D.  McKay 

Marston,  N.  C. 

W.  R.  Freeman 
Matthews,  N.  C. 

Leroy  Lakey 
Rt.  9 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  F.  McCaskill,  Jr. 
Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

Jack  M.  Threatt 
3218  Tuckaseegee  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Virgil  Henderson 
429  Wadesboro  Ave. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Sybil  Huneycutt 
Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 
Herbert  Lee  Hargett 
Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  M.  Hardison 

Morven,  N.  C. 

J.  C.  Comer 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 


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11 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Mt.  Gilead R.  A.  McRae 

Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Mulberry D.  H.  Dunn 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Myers  Park J.  Lacy  McLean 

2024  Beverly  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Nevin J.  R.  Dutton 

Rt.  7,  Box  1032 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

New  Salem O.  L.  Efird 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Newell S.  B.  Wilson 

Newell,  N.  C. 

Norman C.  E.  Martin 

Norman,  N.  C. 

North  Charlotte H.  T.  Orr 

701   Louise  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Norwood R.  B.  Winchester 

Norwood,  N.  C. 

Oakboro E.  0.  Ross 

Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Pageland H.  H.  Houston 

Pageland,  S.  C. 

Park  Avenue Virgil  Bratton 

Box  91 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Paw  Creek R.  W.  Summerville 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Pee  Dee J.  V.  Ussery 

Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead.  N.  C. 
Philadelphia Fred  O.  Brown 

Rt.  3.  Matthews.  N.  C. 
Pineville Roy  G.  Starnes 

Pineville,  N.  C. 
Plaza C.  A.  Kirkpatrick 

1315  Matheson 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Pleasant  Hill C.  L.  Choate 

Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
Providence James  A.  Blakeney 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Ramah J.  W.  Caldwell 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

R.  L.  Martin 
Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Tom  Wilson 

Rt.  5,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Ross 

2501   Oxford  Place 

Charlotte  4,  N.  C. 

Robert  Ritchie 
Rt.  7 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  C.  Moore 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Wilbur  X.  Yerton 
Box  28,  Newell,  N.  C. 

John  Gallimore 
Norman,  N.  C. 

W.  L.  Howie 
912  Anderson  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Miss  Va.  Barnhardt 
Norwood,  N.  C. 

Miss  Viola  Ross 

Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

E.  A.  Montgomery 
Pageland,  S.  C 

J.  W.  Terry 

Star  Rt. 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

E.  B.  Johnston 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte.  N.  C. 

Mrs.  C.  W.  Ussery 
Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 
J.  Ranson  Lee 
Rt.  1.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Robt.  C.  Hair 
Pineville,  N.  C. 

F.  R.  Freeman 
2819   Temple   Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

A.  M.  Thompson 
Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
N.  C.  Grier 
Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C- 

C.  D.  Bradford 
Rt.  1 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Rehoboth W.  J.  Sims 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Ridgecrest G.  S.  Furr 

Rt.  1 
Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Robinson. Perry  C.  Hood 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Rockingham  First C.  R.  McNair 

Box  416 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Rourk -J.  C.  Watson 

Route  3 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

St.  Andrews J.  W.  Craig,  Jr. 

2121  Rozzelle  Fer.  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

St.  Paul E.  D.  Jackson 

2621  Shenandoah  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Salem George  Watts 

Rt.  1,  Pageland,  S.  C. 

Sardis L.  H.  Pharr 

P.  0.  Box  4033 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Seigle  Avenue Morris  P.  Plyler 

900  Leigh  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Selwyn  Avenue I.  G.  Wallace,  Jr. 

205  Wales  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Sharon E.  F.  Smith 

Rt.  3,  Box  64 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Siler R.  A.  Plyler 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw.  N.  C. 

Six  Mile  Creek J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

Smallwood David  Cameron 

401  Seldon  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

South  Park G.  Dewey  Kluttz 

600  Marsh  Road 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Steele  Creek L.  W.  Brown 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

B.  A.  Sims 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Mary  Lee  Lambert 
Rt.  1 
Stanfield,  N.  C. 

J.  C.  Dulin 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  C.  McLean 
Box  612 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Lester  M.  Smith 
Cordovia,  N.  C. 

A.  A.  Clark 

1913  Greene  Blvd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  Hoyle  Long,  Jr. 
2504  Laburnum  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Lawrence  Phillips 

Rt.  1,  Mt.  Croghan,  S.  C. 

C.  B.  Baird 

Rt.  2,  Sardis  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  B.  Schulken 

2226  Chesterfield  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  H.  Wheatley 

3136  Pinehurst  Place 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

William  Stanford 
Rt.  2,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Fleet  Davis 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

R.  L.  Shields 

110  N.  Gardner  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Frank  F.  White 
316  Melbourn  Ct. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Mack  P.  Brown 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


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Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Stephenson M.  Pressley 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Sugaw  Creek J.  P.  Robinson 

1324  Biltmore  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Sunset  Hills Charles  C.  Harkins 

605  Magnolia  Ave. 
Charlotte.  N.  C. 

Tenth  Avenue C.  L.  Elliott 

727  W.  Trade  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C, 

Thomasboro H.  P.  Cathey 

322  Hovis  Cr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Trinity R.  Z.  Thomas,  Jr. 

1955   Sharon  Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Troy S.  H.  McCall,  Jr. 

Troy,  N.  C. 

Turner J.  C.  Richardson 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Unionville J.  V.  Mullis 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Wadesboro F.  P.  Boylin 

Wadesboro,  N.  C. 

Walkersville C.  L.  McCain 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Waxhaw T.  R.  Nisbet 

Box  217 
Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

West  Avenue H.  Morrison  Irwin,  Jr. 

918  W.  5th  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westminster Paul  C.  Thompson 

725  Hawthorne  Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westover  Hills C.  W.  Hickman 

2961  Beechnut  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Williams  Memorial J.  I.  Hutchison 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Wilmore R.  M.  Stevenson 

3000  Sommerset  Drive 
Charlotte.  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Jack  Baucom 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

F.  S.  Neal,  Jr. 
801  Bromley  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

B,  L.  McQuay 
2235  Winthrop  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  P.  Warren,  Jr. 
4927  Doris  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

M.  H.  Cathey 
408   Wabash   Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  W.  Brown 

1617  Westbury  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  W.  Safrit 

Box  523,  Troy,  N.  C. 

C.  H.  Biggers 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Maude  M.  Brooks 
Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

J.  W.  Scarboro 
Wadesboro,  N.  C. 

Knox  R.  McCain 
Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

B.  E.  Hudson 
Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Richard  S.  Wilkinson 
513  Grandin  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  G.  Sellers 

611  Clement  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  M.  Winters 
1220  Princeton  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  L.  McConnell 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

H.  F.  Porter 
1741  Wilmore  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


14  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 

Called  Meeting  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery 

First  Presbyterian  Church 
Raleigh,  N.  C. 
April  14,  1953 

The  Synod  of  North  Carolina  meeting  in  called  session  at 
the  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Raleigh,  N.  C.  on  the  above 
date  called  a  meeting  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  for  1:30 
P.M.  for  the  purpose  of  electing  a  Minister  and  an  elder 
together  with  alternates  to  serve  on  a  Commission  of  the 
Synod  to  study  and  make  recommendations  relative  to  the 
complaint  of  the  Chapel  Hill  congregation.  Chapel  Hill,  N.  C. 

The  Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston  was  the  Moderator.  The  Presby- 
tery was  led  in  prayer  by  the  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce. 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled  during  the 
meeting : 

Ministers — Jonas  Barclay,  W.  L.  Hall,  R.  H.  Stone,  Miles  Strupl, 
H.  D.  Hayward,  J.  W.  Stork,  G.  A.  Fletcher,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  D.  E.  Carl- 
ton, Watt  Cooper,  H.  G.  Bedinger,  W.  I.  Howell,  Sam  H.  Zealy,  W.  A. 
Gamble,  B.  F.  Yandell,  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  D.  K.  Snyder,  E.  B.  Cooper, 
M.  G.  Lyerly,  W.  M.  Boyce,  W.  H.  Johnston,  F.  S.  Johnston,  R.  W.  Ray- 
burn,  R.  A.  Young,  R.  M.  Kerr,  J.  R.  Crook,  C.  G.  McClure,  A.  L.  Thomp- 
son, S.  M.  Inman,  J.  0.  Mann,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.,  R.  G. 
Balnicky,  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  G.  Dana  Waters— 35. 

Ruling  Elders— S.  H.  McCall,  Troy;  J.  P.  Robinson,  Sugaw  Creek; 
R.  F.  Rozzelle,  Cook's  Memorial;  C.  R.  Choate,  Central  Steele  Creek; 
H.  H.  Thompson,  Covenant;  C.  A.  Bolt,  Marshville;  J.  G.  McLauchlin, 
Hamlet;  W.  S.  McRae,  Ellerbe;  C.  R.  Poole,  Biscoe;  C.  S.  Garrison,  Steele 
Creek;  R.  C.  Reid,  Pineville;  N.  0.  Alexander,  Matthews;  J.  A.  Hobson, 
Myers  Park;  E.  A.  Jamison,  Sharon;  J.  L.  Nance,  St.  Pauls;  C.  R.  Hutch- 
ison, Sardis;  J.  F.  Sigmon,  Amity;  J.  C.  Ashcraft,  Plaza — 18. 

The  Stated  Clerk  announced  that  a  quorum  was  present. 

Election  of  Members  of  Commission — ^The  following  were 
elected  to  serve  on  the  Commission  of  Synod,  Rec.  C.  G.  Mc- 
Clure and  Ruling  Elder  P.  F.  Howerton,  and  the  alternates 
elected  were  Rev.  J.  A.  Jones  and  Ruling  Elder  A.  W.  Shaw. 

Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 


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Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper  led  the  Presytery  in  prayer  and  the 
meeting  was  adojourned. 


F.  S.  Johnston,  Moderator 


B.  Y.  Yandell,  Acting  Stated  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


16  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 

The  Two  Hundred  First 

Stated  Session  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


Paw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church 
Paw  Creek,  N.  C. 
July  21,  1953 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundred 
First  Stated  Session  in  the  Paw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church, 
Paw  Creek,  N.  C.  at  9  A.  M.  on  the  above  date. 

The  Rev.  Hugh  B.  Carter,  the  Moderator,  led  the  opening 
exercises  and  preached  the  sermon.  The  Rev.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr., 
led  in  prayer. 

Memorial — The  following  memorial  to  Rev.  W.  H.  Frazer 
written  by  Rev.  W.  A.  Gamble  was  read  by  Rev.  G.  Dana 
Waters  and  was  adopted. 

WILLIAM  HENRY  FRAZER 
1873-1953 

William  Henry  Frazer  was  born  in  LaFayette,  Alabama,  September 
16,  1873,  and  died  in  Charlotte,  North  Carolina,  June  19,  1953,  shortly 
before  his  eightieth  birthday,  of  injuries  received  two  days  earlier  in  an 
automobile  accident. 

His  parents  were  John  Alexander  Frazer  and  Nancy  Emeline  Aber- 
nathy  Frazer.  He  was  married  October  25,  1899,  to  Miss  Sarah  Winnie 
Jones,  of  LaFayette,  who  "preceded  him  home"  in  1943.  To  this  union 
were  born  two  daughters,  Winnie  Love,  and  Emily  Jones  (Mrs.  James 
B.  Kuykendall,  Jr.)  who  survive  and  live  in  Charlotte,  and  a  son,  Wil- 
liam Henry  Frazer,  Jr.,  who  died  in  infancy. 

He  attended  Southwestern  Presbyterian  University,  Clarksville, 
Tenn.,  1894-97,  graduating  with  the  degree  of  Bachelor  of  Arts;  and 
Union  Theological  Seminary,  Richmond,  Va.,  1897-99,  graduating  with 
the  degree  of  Bachelor  of  Divinity.  Three  honorary  degrees  came  in 
later  years:  Doctor  of  Divinity,  from  Presbyterian  College  of  South  Car- 
olina in  1908;  Litt.  D.,  from  Davidson  College  in  1928;  LL.D.,  from 
Southwestern  in  1937. 

He  was  licensed  July  12,  1899,  and  ordained  October  21,  1899,  by 
Atlanta  Presbytery  in  the  Synod  of  Georgia.  He  was  pastor  of  the  Geor- 


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gia  Avenue  church  in  Atlanta,  1899-1901;  of  the  Tatnall  Square  church, 
Macon,  Ga.,  1901-06;  of  the  First  church,  Anderson,  S.  C,  1906-1917. 
While  at  Macon  he  was  Stated  Clerk  of  Macon  Presbytery,  1902-06.  Dur- 
ing his  ministry  at  Anderson  he  organized  and  conducted  a  preparatory 
school  for  boys,  known  as  Frazer  Fitting  School. 

In  1917  he  began  his  fulltime  work  with  educational  institutions.  He 
was  President  of  Belhaven  College,  a  girl's  school  controlled  and  op- 
erated by  the  Synod  of  Mississippi  in  Jackson,  1917-21.  Then  he  was 
President  of  Queens  College,  and  Queens-Chiccra^  College,  Charlotte, 
1921-39.  He  resigned  the  Presidency  in  1939,  and  thereafter  gave  himself 
to  the  pastorate  and  supply-ship. 

While  at  Queens  he  supplied  the  Sugaw  Creek  church  and  was  pas- 
tor of  the  Mallard  Creek  church,  in  Mecklenburg  Presbytery.  After  his 
retirement  from  educational  work,  he  was  pastor  of  the  Pineville,  Banks, 
and  Six  Mile  churches,  a  group  of  churches  in  Mecklenburg  Presby- 
tery, from  1939  until  1947,  when  he  was  honorably  retired  by  Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery. 

Dr.  Frazer  was  a  preacher  of  the  full  and  simple  gospel  of  the  Lord 
Jesus  Christ.  He  believed  the  Bible  to  be  the  Word  of  God,  not  just  a 
book  "containing"  that  Word  mixed  in  with  writings  of  merely  human 
origin.  He  was  a  diligent  and  painstaking  student,  and  spoke  with  the 
authority  born  of  knowledge  and  spiritual  experience,  with  the  authority 
possessed  by  one  who  is  an  honest  and  humble  and  fearless  spokesman 
for  God. 

Dr.  Frazer  was  a  school  administrator  who  was  wise  and  tireless  and 
courageous,  carrying  forward  the  development  of  the  schools  in  material 
things  and  in  things  of  the  Spirit.  The  Editor  of  the  Charlotte,  N.  C, 
Observer  has  written  of  him: 

"When  he  took  over  the  presidency  in  1921,  Queens  was  a  small 
college  hardly  known  outside  of  the  Carolinas.  When  he  retired 
eighteen  years  later,  the  school  had  been  accredited  by  the  South- 
ern Association  of  Colleges  and  Secondary  Schools,  it  had  been  ex- 
panded with  new  buildings  and  equipment.  During  his  tenure  Queens 
became  known  not  only  for  its  high  scholastic  standards,  but  also 
for  the  deep  spiritual  influence  it  had  on  its  students.  This  influ- 
ence was  infused  into  it  by  the  example  of  a  President  who  lived  his 
creed." 

Upon  leaving  Belhaven  College  the  Board  of  Trustees  adopted  the 
following  resolution  concerning  him: 

"Be  it  resolved  by  the  Board  of  Trustees  of  Belhaven  College 
that  the  highest  commendation  and  the  most  earnest  thanks  of  this 
Board  be  given  to  Dr.  W.  H.  Frazer  for  the  work  accomplished  for 
good  at  Belhaven  College,  and  particularly  for  the  business-like 
administration  of  the  affairs  of  the  college,  and  the  Christian  spirit 
manifested  by  him  in  administering  the  responsibilities  and  duties 
entrusted  to  him." 

Dr.  Frazer  was  an  accomplished  and  popular  after-dinner  speaker. 
His  stories,  most  of  them  with  settings  in  the  South  and  Southern  sit- 
uations, seemed  to  be  always  available  for  his  use  in  bringing  smiles  or 


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in  relieving  tension  in  individuals  or  groups.  His  book,  "The  Possumist," 
records  many  of  these  fine  stories. 

Besides  his  sermons,  Dr.  Frazer  left  several  other  pieces  of  writing, 
being  the  author  of  Bible  Notes,  1923;  "The  Possumist,"  1924;  "Fireside 
Musings,"  1925;  "Challenging  Mantles,"  1926.  For  several  years  imme- 
diately preceding  his  decease,  he  was  a  Contributing  Editor  for  the 
Southern  Presbyterian  Journal,  of  Weaverville,  N.  C,  set  for  the  defense 
and  propagation  of  the  faith  once  delivered  to  the  saints,  a  journal  in 
the  inauguration  of  which  he  had  shown  a  deep  interest. 

One  of  Dr.  Frazer's  greatest  contributions  came  late  in  life.  After  he 
had  been  "retired"  by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  he  engaged  in  supply 
preaching  and  pastoral  work  for  churches  which  had  lost  their  minister 
and  had  not  yet  called  another.  More  than  a  dozen  churches  in  the  Char- 
lotte area  and  other  parts  of  the  General  Assembly  were  blessed  by  these 
temporary  ministries.  The  fine  work  that  he  did  in  this  field  of  service 
is  an  interesting  commentary  upon  our  Assembly's  lately-adopted  rule 
for  the  compulsory  retirement  of  Ministers. 

It  will  be  of  interest,  as  well  as  a  deserved  tribute  to  Dr.  Frazer,  to 
set  down  some  of  the  many  thrilling  comments  received  recently  from 
churches  which  he  served  as  interim  Pastor.  Ministers,  judges,  business 
men  have  written  the  following  statements: 

"Dr.  Frazer's  ministry  served  as  a  blessing  in  the  Government 
Street  church.  Mobile;  First  church,  Tampa;  Central  church.  Mobile; 
according  to  my  personal  knowledge.  When  a  minister  leaves  a 
church,  in  the  interim  between  pastorates  the  work  usually  suffers, 
but  in  Dr.  Frazer's  case  he  always  left  the  church  stronger  in  every 
department  after  his  ministry  of  temporary  supply,  and  what  is 
more  he  never  interfered  with  the  pulpit  committee  in  the  efforts 
to  get  a  full-time  Pastor.  He  did  not  use  the  office  to  place  men 
of  his  choice  but  brought  honor  to  the  office  of  temporary  supply. 
Young  and  old  rallied  to  his  ministry.  Perhaps  his  greatest  contri- 
bution was  in  pastoral  visitation,  which  he  did  with  a  whole-hearted 
love  for  individuals." 

"Dr.  Frazer  supplied  the  South  Highland  church,  Birmingham, 
during  the  month  of  February  1947  and  moderated  the  congre- 
gational meeting  for  the  call  of  a  new  Minister.  He  endeared  him- 
self to  our  people  by  his  forceful  and  Bible-grounded  sermons, 
his  sympathetic  help  to  the  sick,  his  never-failing  good  humor. 
He  had  an  almost  inexhaustible  supply  of  good  stories  and  jokes 
for  4inner  meetings.    We  were  sorry  to  give  him  up." 

"While  with  us  at  Central  church  at  Mobile,  Dr.  Frazer  en- 
deared himself  to  all  by  the  sincerity  of  his  preaching,  the  friend- 
ships formed  by  his  constant  visiting;  and  the  influence  of  his 
great  Christian  character  has  left  us  a  beloved  memory." 

"Dr.  Frazer  won  the  hearts  of  this  fine  congregation  of  the  First 
church,  Tampa,  during  the  time  of  his  supply-ship  here,  1947-48. 
In  all  his  work,  he  exemplified  the  qualities  of  a  true  Christian.  He 
was  a  diligent  and  faithful  Pastor,  and  an  unfailing  friend  to  every 
one  according  to  their  needs." 

"Dr.  Frazer  took  the  interim  pastorate  of  this  congregation  under 
the  most  difficult  of  circumstances.     Almost  immediately,  his  good 


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common  sense,  his  delightful  humor,  his  wide  knowledge  of  the 
Church,  his  forceful  personality,  and  his  inordinate  love  for  peo- 
ple. .  .  set  this  people  well  on  the  road  to  a  wider  and  greater  service 
than  it  had  ever  known  before.  His  faith  in  the  future  of  this 
church  was  contagious,  until  now,  less  than  two  years  after  his  work, 
the  Lakeland  church  is  in  the  midst  of  a  $250,000  building  program 
which  will  be,  in  no  small  measure,  somewhat  of  a  memorial  to  his 
effective  work." 

"Dr.  Frazer  served  as  Stated  Supply  of  the  Shenandoah  church 
in  Miami  for  seven  months  during  1951-52,  and  greatly  endeared 
himself  to  the  hearts  of  these  people.  He  was  an  eloquent  and 
scholarly  preacher,  and  his  fine  Christian  spirit  and  winsome  humor 
made  him  a  favorite  among  old  and  young  alike.  His  service  to 
this  church  and  others  was  in  the  highest  and  best  of  our  great 
Presbyterian  heritage  and  will  bless  our  people  for  years  to  come." 

*'The  news  of  Dr.  Frazer's  death  caused  genuine  sorrow  in  Gaines- 
ville, Fla.,  along  with  the  feeling  that  the  Church  at  large,  as  well 
as  our  First  church  here,  has  sustained  a  great  loss  in  the  transla- 
tion of  one  of  our  noblest  and  most  useful  ministers.  The  service 
he  rendered  since  his  retirement  was  as  invaluable  as  it  was  unique. 
Few  people  are  so  gifted  as  to  be  able  to  step  into  a  temporary 
situation  and  discharge  the  obligations  with  such  fidelity  and  satis- 
faction to  the  flock." 

"The  First  church  of  Concord,  N.  C,  had  the  privilege  and  bless- 
ing of  the  pastoral  services  of  Dr.  Frazer  from  April  through  August 
1952.  During  that  time  he  rendered  our  church  and  community  val- 
iant service.  In  addition  to  preaching  splendid  sermons,  his  outstand- 
ing work  was  in  visiting  the  sick  and  shut-ins.  Because  of  his  radiant 
personality  he  was  always  able  to  bring  cheer  and  comfort  to  those 
who  were  in  special  need.  He  knew  how  to  'pray  with  and  for  the 
people'." 

"Our  Oakland,  Fla.,  church  was  the  last  field  Dr.  Frazer  served, 
and  we  all  feel  that  he  was  a  great  inspiration  to  us.  We  all  knew 
him  well  because  he  was  a  frequent  visitor  in  our  homes.  We  are 
all  better  Christians  because  his  sermons  always  rang  true  to  the 
Word  of  God  and  gave  evidence  of  his  careful  and  prayerful  prepa- 
ration." 

"We  of  Palma  Ceia  church  loved  Dr.  Frazer  and  deeply  regret 
the  unfortunate  accident  which  caused  him  to  leave  his  work." 

"Dr.  Frazer  acted  as  supply  minister  for  the  Second  Presby- 
terian Church  of  Charleston,  S.  C,  during  the  summer  of  1950. 
Through  his  fine  preaching,  delightful  personality  and  charming 
ways,  he  ingratiated  himself  into  the  hearts  of  the  members  of  the 
church  to  such  an  extent  that  he  virtually  took  the  place  of  a 
regular  minister,  and  the  church  experienced  none  of  the  letdown 
which  usually  occurs  at  such  periods." 

"Dr.  Frazer  was  supply  Pastor  at  Hopewell  church  from  October 
1952  to  January  1953.  His  pulpit  ministry  was  absolutely  sound 
in  doctrine,  thoroughly  scriptural,  practical,  comforting,  and  helpful. 
In  his  Bible  teaching  he  unfolded  the  scripture  in  a  most  enlight- 
ening manner.  He  was  prompt  in  response  to  calls  in  cases  of 
sickness,  death,  sorrow  or  trouble  in  the  congregation.  He  won  the 
friendship  and  confidence  of  every  one  he  came  in  contact  with." 


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Many  will  recognize  the  suitability  of  the  words  of  the  Editor  of  the 
Charlotte  Observer:  "Few  men  have  had  such  wide  contact  as  Dr.  Frazer 
had  with  the  people  of  his  faith;  few  have  exerted  such  a  profound  in- 
fluence over  such  a  great  area.     He  went  about  doing  good." 

Dr.  Frazer  would  subscribe  to  Paul's  words  (Romans  14:8),  "Whether 
we  live  or  die,  we  are  the  Lord's."  And  we  can  be  sure  that  he  will 
go  on  loving  and  serving  and  praising  in  glory  the  One  whom  he  loved 
and  served  and  praised  while  here. 

W.  A.  Gamble 


History  of  Paw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church — The  following 

History  of  the  Paw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church  was  read  by 
Mrs.  Quinton  Holton  and  was  adopted. 

HISTORY  OF  PAW  CREEK  PRESBYTERIAN  CHURCH 
1809-1953 

About  a  half  mile  south  of  this  building  is  a  small  stream  flowing 
in  a  southwesterly  direction  toward  the  Catawba  River  into  which  it 
empties.  The  name  of  this  stream  is  Paw  Creek,  so  named  no  doubt  by 
the  Indians,  from  the  large  number  of  papaw  trees  growing  on  its  banks. 
From  the  Papaw  Creek  the  neighborhood  took  its  name.  When  our  fore- 
fathers received  authority  from  Concord  Presbytery  to  organize  them- 
selves into  a  Presbyterian  Church,  it  was  natural  that  they  should 
desire  this  same  name. 

In  the  pastorate  of  the  Rev.  S.  C.  Pharr,  D.D.,  on  December  28,  1865, 
the  name  was  changed  by  vote  of  the  congregation  from  Paw  Creek  to 
Caldwell,  in  memory  of  the  Rev.  Samuel  C.  Caldwell,  first  pastor  of  the 
Church.  It  was  done  by  a  majority  of  the  congregation  present.  It  is 
not  stated  that  Presbytery  was  asked  to  make  the  change.  The  name 
Caldwell  uniformly  appears  in  the  Sessional  records,  and  no  criticism 
made  by  the  Presbytery;  so  we  suppose  the  name  was  changed  according 
to  law.  The  name,  however,  was  a  misfit  and  was  changed  back  to 
Paw  Creek  at  the  fall  meeting  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  in  1882. 

The  original  territory  of  Paw  Creek  extended  from  the  Catawba 
River  on  the  west  to  Chadwick  Mill  on  the  east,  and  was  bounded  on  the 
north  by  Hopewell  and  on  the  south  by  Steele  Creek.  Within  these 
bounds,  or  on  their  borders,  are  many  other  churches  at  the  present 
time  which  drew  from  Paw  Creek  at  their  organization.  They  are  as 
follows:  Moore's  Chapel  Methodist,  Mulberry  Presbyterian,  Pleasant 
Grove  Methodist,  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian,  McGee  Presbyterian, 
Thomasboro  Presbyterian,  and  Homestead  Methodist.  In  addition  Paw 
Creek  gave  her  Negro  Membership  in  the  organization  of  WoodlanS 
Presbyterian  Church,  and  perhaps  also  to  Morning  Star  Methodist 
Church,  these  latter  two  being  Negro  churches.  Within  the  original 
bounds  of  Paw  Creek,  are  also  the  following  Churches:  Chadwick  Meth- 
odist, Chadwick  Baptist,  Thrift  Methodist,  Thrift  Baptist,  St.  James 
Methodist,  and  Thomasboro  Baptist.  Paw  Creek  has  also  helped  enrich 
the  life  of  the  Presbyterian,  A.  R.  P.,  Methodist  and  other  churches  of 
Charlotte  and  Mt.  Holly  through  her  gift  of  members. 


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The  early  official  records  of  the  church  have  been  lost,  and  the 
only  records  of  available  information  concerning  the  early  days  of  Paw 
Creek  are  two  brief  historical  sketches.  One  by  an  unknown  author,  and 
another  by  Mt.  T.  T.  Johnston,  an  elder  in  the  church.  This  sketch  was 
dictated  by  Mr.  Johnston  in  his  eighty-ninth  year. 

The  writer  of  the  older  sketch  says:  "In  spring  of  1807  the  people 
of  this  vicinity,  desirous  of  having  the  gospel  preached  to  them,  and 
being  remote  from  other  churches,  thought  of  erecting  a  place  of  public 
worship  in  their  own  neighborhood.  Accordingly  for  this  purpose,  a 
meeting  was  held  at  the  house  of  John  Hipp,  when  it  was  unanimously 
resolved  to  send  a  petition  to  Presbytery  to  this  effect." 

The  writer  says  the  petition  was  opposed  by  the  Presbytery,  which 
convened  at  Centre  Church,  Iredell  County,  and  that  nothing  decidedly 
was  done  until  the  autumn  of  1810  when,  after  much  opposition,  it  was 
received  as  a  vacancy. 

Mr.  T.  T.  Johnston,  born  in  1790,  says  the  church  was  organized  in 
1809,  but  was  not  enrolled  by  Presbytery  until  1810.  The  late  Rev.  R.  Z. 
Johnston,  who  was  an  accurate  compiler  of  historical  data,  gives  the  date 
of  organization  as  1809. 

The  church  has,  during  her  history,  erected  three  church  buildings. 
In  1809  the  people  erected  a  small  log  structure  which  served  until 
1824.  In  the  autumn  of  1824,  the  people  decided  to  build  a  new  structure. 
This  was  a  large  frame  building,  which  was  dedicated  in  the  autumn  (jf 
1826.  In  the  summer  of  1881,  known  as  the  dry  year,  the  congregation 
undertook  the  erection  of  a  third  house  of  worship.  The  work  was  not 
completed  that  summer,  and  the  walls  were  injured  to  such  an  extent 
during  the  winter  following  that  it  was  necessary  to  tear  them  down. 
The  work  was  begun  afresh,  however,  and  on  the  last  Sunday  in 
March  1882  the  pastor,  Rev.  G.  L.  Cook,  preached  the  first  sermon  in  th6 
new  brick  church,  which  stood  south  of  the  site  of  the  two  former 
buildings.  In  1927  work  was  begun  on  an  addition  to  this  brick  church. 
This  addition  consisted  of  a  Sunday  School  Building  and  a  portico  to 
the  front  of  the  church.  This  work  was  completed  in  1928  at  a  cost  of 
$14,000.00.  At  the  completion  of  this  work  there  was  debt  of  $6,000.00 
on  the  church.  The  congregation  finished  the  paying  of  this  debt  in  1939; 
and  Rev.  C.  G.  Lynch,  a  former  pastor,  preached  the  dedication  sermon 
on  Easter  Sunday  1939. 

The  following  sons  of  this  church  have  served  in  the  Gospel  Min- 
istry: John  Hays  Johnston,  after  taking  two  years  in  Davidson  College 
and  two  years  in  Union  Seminary,  preached  a  few  months,  perhaps  a 
year,  and  then  gave  up  the  ministry;  Rev.  S.  L.  Cathey,  1898  until  his 
retirement  in  1946  (Rev.  Mr.  Cathey  died  in  1949);  Rev.  L.  C.  Campbell. 
1916-1927  (Rev.  Mr.  Campbell  died  in  1927);  Rev.  C.  M.  Campbell,  1918— 
his  death  in  1951;  Rev.  W.  L.  Baker,  1921-present;  Rev.  T.  B.  Hoover, 
Jr.,  1939-present;  Rev.  John  Henry  Sadler  who  was  ordained  May  17, 
1953. 

The  following  is  a  roll  of  the  pastors  of  the  church:  Rev.  Samuel 
Caldwell,  1809-1819;  Rev.  John  Williamson,  1819-1842;  Rev.  H.  B.  Cun- 
ningham, D.D.,  1843-1858;  Rev.  Robert  Burwell,  1858-1864;  Rev.  S.  C. 
Pharr,  D.D.,  1864-1869;  Rev.  James  S.  Barr,  1869-1872;  Rev.  Mr.  Query, 
about  6  months;  Rev.  R.  H.  Chapman,  D.D.,  1874-1877;  Rev.  George  L. 
Cook,  1877-1888;  Rev.  J.  J.  Kennedy,  1889-1892;  Rev.  W.  C.  C.  Foster. 
1893-1896;  Rev.  J.  S.  Shaw,  1896-1899;  Rev.  George  L.  Cook,  1899-1906; 
Mr.  S.  S.  Harrison,  4  months;  Rev.  J.  E.  Berryhill,  1907-1913;  Rev.  C.  G. 


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Lynch,  1913-1918;  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan,  1918-1924;  Rev.  R.  P.  Walker, 
D.D.,  1924-1926;  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan,  1926-1943;  Dr.  John  R.  Rosebro, 
stated  supply,  1943-44;  Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston,  1944-present. 

We  are  proud  of  the  growth  of  our  church  since  Presbytery  last  met 
with  us  in  1942. 

In  1944  the  Rev.  Frank  S.  Johnston  came  to  us  from  Wilmington, 
N.  C,  and  is  still  serving  as  our  present  minister. 

The  membership  has  increased  90  members  and  the  offering  to  be- 
nevolences has  grown  from  $1,442.00  to  $11,437.00.  The  present  Sunday 
School  enrollment  is  299  members. 

Many  improvements  have  been  made  on  the  present  church  build- 
ing. The  hearts  and  voices  of  the  people  sing  praises  to  God  now  with 
the  sweet  music  which  is  rendered  on  the  Hammond  electric  organ  in- 
stalled in  1945.  The  entire  sanctuary  was  renovated  and  an  automatic 
oil  furnace  was  added.  A  few  years  ago  the  Women  of  the  Church 
started  a  carpet  fund  and  in  1951  the  floor  was  covered  with  a  beautiful 
carpet.  To  add  to  the  beauty  and  comfort  of  the  building,  new  seats 
were  purchased  and  used  for  the  first  time  the  first  Sunday  of  January, 
1952. 

The  young  people  of  the  church  were  largely  responsible  for  the 
Fellowship  Building  which  was  completed  in  1949.  This  building  has 
certainly  been  a  blessing  to  the  members  of  the  church. 

Every  summer  the  Men's  Fellowship  Club  of  the  church  sponsors  an 
annual  fish  supper  which  started  on  a  very  small  scale.  Each  year 
it  grows  and  this  year  more  than  500  plates  were  served  to  the  mem- 
bers and  their  friends  from  far  and  wide.  The  members  do  not  think  of 
this  event  as  a  means  of  making  money  but  rather  as  a  social  where 
good  Christian  fellowship  is  enjoyed  by  all  who  attend. 

Everyone,  especially  the  boys  of  the  church,  are  very  grateful  to 
the  Men's  Club  for  the  two  scout  groups  which  were  organized  in  1952. 

At  the  present  time  the  members  of  the  congregation  are  making 
plans  to  build  a  new  modern  manse  for  our  pastor  and  his  family.  Our 
prayer  is  that  God  will  lead  and  direct  us  in  this  undertaking. 

Our  fathers  laid  the  foundations  here  deep  and  strong  in  faith 
and  in  the  assurance  that  God  will  carry  to  a  successful  conclusion 
the  work  begun  more  than  one  hundred  and  forty  years  ago.  But  He  is 
expecting  through  us  to  accomplish  His  purpose.  It  remains  for  us  to 
determine  the  kind  of  superstructure  that  shall  be  built  on  the 
foundation  already  laid.  If  we  build  into  it  the  gold  and  silver  and 
precious  stones  of  unwavering  faith  and  unfeigned  love  to  God  and 
man,  linked  with  sincere  godliness  in  our  daily  living,  then  there  will  be 
found  in  this  place  a  glorious  church  that  will  gather  into  her  folds 
the  weary  and  heavy  laden  who  need  and  covet  the  rest  and  the  peace 
she  can  offer  them  through   Christ  Jesus   her   Lord   and    Savior. 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled 
during  the  meeting. 

Ministers— J.  W.  Grier,  C.  H.  Little,  J.  W.  Stork,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt, 
W.  H.  Johnston,  B.  F.  Yandell,  A.  T.  Taylor,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B. 
Neill,  Chas.  M.  Boyd,  W.  I.  Howell,  Jr.,  D.  K.  Snyder,  W.  T.  Smith, 
J.  A.  Jones,  R.  H.  Stone,  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  S.  M.  Inman,  J.  O.  Mann, 


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F.  C.  Pratt,  W.  M.  Walsh,  F.  S.  Johnston,  A.  L.  Thompson,  R.  F. 
Whitley,  J.  A.  Carriker,  H.  S.  Robinson,  S.  M.  Hutchison,  C.  H.  Rowan, 
R.  C.  Long,  J.  C.  Lawrence,  H.  G.  Bedinger,  C.  S.  Miller,  B.  F.  Moore, 
H.  B.  Carter,  Watt  M.  Cooper,  H.  V.  Carson,  H.  D.  Hayward,  G.  Dana 
Waters,  O.  M.  Whitener,  W.  J.  Huneycutt,  W.  B.  McSwain,  R.  E.  Hoke, 
F.  C.  Wilkinson,  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  J.  P.  Holder,  L.  L  Stell,  A.  H.  Key, 
R.  W.  Rayburn,  H.  L.  Thomas,  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce,  R.  M. 
Kerr,  C.  H.  McLean,  G.  A.  Fletcher,  R.  G.  Laurens,  R.  G.  Balnicky, 
S.  W.  Yandle,  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  B.  F.  Ferguson,  James 
R.  Crook,  Milos  Strupl,  Crawford  A.  White,  J.  S.  Garner,  Henry  S. 
Schum,  S.  Wylie  Hogue,  C.  McD.  Coffey,  L  Howard  Chadwick,  R.  M. 
Cochran— 68. 

Ruling  Elders — Harold  Burney,  Albemarle  First;  J.  L.  Donaldson, 
Amity;  J.  E.  White,  Banks;  Boyce  Knox,  Bethel;  Hugh  Harper,  Beth- 
lehem; D.  A.  Monroe,  Biscoe;  W.  E.  Price,  Caldwell  Memorial;  H.  O. 
Gunnell,  Camp  Greene;  R.  E.  Suther,  Charlotte  First;  Earl  B.  Clanton, 
Clanton  Memorial;  E.  Ralph  Efird,  Commonwealth;  Garmon  C.  McCall, 
Cook's  Memorial;  Elbert  Todd,  J.  W.  Dunlap,  Covenant;  E.  C.  William- 
son, Eastminster;  D.  0.  Parsons,  Ellerbe;  S.  0.  Bauersfeld,  Hamlet  First; 
C.  W.  Kidd,  Hopewell;  H.  E.  Whitener,  Hunters ville;  Grady  Williams, 
Lee  Park;  L.  C.  Hunter,  Mallard  Creek;  J.  M.  McLauchlin,  Mark's 
Creek;  P.  F.  Lee,  Marshville;  N.  C.  Long,  McGee;  W.  H.  Morrison, 
Monroe  First;  L.  M.  Crowell,  Mt.  Gilead;  R.  D.  Whitley,  Mulberry;  J.  P. 
Hobson,  Myers  Park;  H.  B.  Grice,  North  Charlotte;  F.  A.  Wentz,  Nor- 
wood; H.  H.  Houston,  Pageland;  Plato  W.  Davenport,  Paw  Creek; 
J.  W.  Ussery,  Pee  Dee;  J.  W.  Flowe,  Philadelphia;  Roy  A.  Whitlev, 
Plaza;  N.  C.  Grier,  Providence;  Lamant  Mayes,  Ramah;  Alexander  M. 
Sims,  Rehobeth;  Grover  Furr,  Ridgecrest;  W.  C.  Flowers,  Robinson; 
J.  L.  Nance,  St.  Paul;  W.  D.  Vanderburgh,  Salem;  A.  B.  Hood,  Sardis; 
A.  B.  Ferguson,  Seigle  Avenue;  D.  F.  Westmoreland,  Selwvn  Avenue; 
W.  0.  Sullivan,  Sharon;  Carr  Price,  Siler;  E.  H.  Cooke,  Smallwood;  H.  C. 
Hovis,  South  Park;  Rufus  A.  Grier,  Steele  Creek;  Guy  Privett,  Stephen- 
son; Roy  H.  Todd,  Sugaw  Creek;  Edgar  D.  Byers,  Sunset  Hills;  C.  L. 
Elliott,  Tenth  Avenue;  H.  P.  Cathey,  Thomasboro;  J.  W.  Gilchrist, 
Trinity;  J.  C.  Richardson,  Turner;  D.  F.  Garriss,  Wadesboro;  J.  K. 
Starnes,  Walkersville;  H.  D.  McLaughlin,  Waxhaw;  J.  G.  Kerr,  West- 
minster; H.  J.  Steagall,  Westover  Hills;  J.  L  Hutchison.  Williams  Me- 
morial; W.  D.  Rodgers,  Wilmore — 64. 

The  following  Ministers  were  introduced  to  the  Presbytery 
and  invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren ;  Rev.  Jerome  Fleischer, 
Rev.  Walter  Baker,  Rev.  Joseph  Donaldson,  Rev.  I.  Howard 
Chadwick,  and  Rev.  Charles  Auten,  of  the  Baptist  Church. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  were 
introduced. 

The  Stated  Clerk  announced  that  a  quorum  was  present. 

Moderator  Elected — Rev.  John  A.  Carriker,  Moderator 
Nominee  was  elected  Moderator. 


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Report  of  Committee  on  Arrangements — The  following 
report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements  was  read  and 
adopted. 

Your  Committee  on  Arrangements  recommends  that  the  printed 
docket  be  adopted  with  the  following  modifications: 

1.  That  as  the  second  order  after  lunch  Presbytery  hear  the  President 
of  the  Youth  Council. 

2.  That  as  the  third  order  after  lunch  Presbytery  hear  the  Commit- 
tee on  Church  Extension  regarding  a  Manual  for  that  Committee. 

3.  That  as  the  fourth  order  after  lunch  Presbytery  hear  a  report  of 
the  Summer  Conferences  for  the  youth  of  our  Presbytery. 

4.  That  as  the  fifth  order  after  lunch  Presbytery  hear  Mr.  Reginald 
Price  or  someone  of  his  appointment  concerning  the  Insurance  Plan  of 
our  Church. 

5.  That  Presbytery  recess  for  lunch  at  1  P.M.  and  reconvene  at  2  P.M. 

6.  That  Presbytery  adjourn  at  will. 

F.   S.  Johnston,  Chairman 
H.  B.  Carter 
F.  C.  Debele,  Jr. 


THE  DOCKET 

1.  Opening  Exercises — Sermon  by  the  Retiring  Moderator,  Rev.  H.  B. 

Carter. 

2.  Memorials— Dr.  W.  H.  Frazer  by  Rev.  W.  A.  Gamble. 

3.  History  of  the  Paw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church — Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston. 

4.  Enrollment — Members    of    Presbytery,    Visiting    Brethren,    Ruling 

Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  introduced. 

5.  Election  of  Moderator — Rev.  John  A.   Carriker,  Nominee. 

6.  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements — Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston. 

7.  Appointment  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery. 

8.  Communications. 

9.  Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 

10.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

11.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

12.  Reports  of  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Presbytery's  Council — Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier. 

2.  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — Rev.  Roy  F.  Whitley. 


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13.  Reports  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery. 

14.  Unfinished  Business. 

1.  Report  of  Ad-Interim  Committee. 

2.  Unionville  Property  Report. 

15.  Reports  of  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly. 

16.  New  Business. 

17.  Place  of  Next  Meeting.      (Robinson  Church.) 

18.  Nomination  of  Moderator.     (First  Order  after  lunch.) 

19.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

20.  Adjournment. 

Appointment  of  Standing  Committees — The  Moderator  ap- 
pointed the  following  Standing  Committees: 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures— Rev.  J.  W.  Stork,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  E.  C. 
Williamson,  H.  L.  Whitener. 

2.  Judicial  Business— Rev.  F.  D.  Johnston,  Rev.  J.  W.  Grier,  P.  W. 
Davenport,  Grady  C.  Williams. 

3.  Installations — Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  H.  B.  Grice, 
J.  W.  Flowe. 

4.  Resolutions — Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Rev.  Jones  Barclay,  Roy  H.  Todd, 
N.  C.  Grier. 

5.  Presbytery's  Records — Rev.  D.  E.  Carlton,  Rev.  W.  B.  McSwain, 
M.  L.  Harkey,  P.  F.  Howerton. 

Communications — The  following  Communications  were 
read  and  disposed  of  as  indicated: 

1.  From  a  group  of  people  in  Star,  N.  C,  petitioning  the  Presbytery 
to  be  organized  into  a  Presbyterian  Church.  The  petition  was  granted 
and  a  Commission  was  appointed  to  organize  the  Church.  The  Commis- 
sion appointed  to  organize  the  Church  is  as  follows:  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone, 
Rev.  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  Rev.  Geo.  A.  Fletcher,  Rev.  J.  W.  Stork,  Rev. 
R.  G.  Balnicky,  J.  Edgar  Maness,  W.  E.  Price,  Dr.  S.  H.  McCall  and 
J.  Roy  Maness.  Three  Ministers  and  one  elder  shall  be  a  quorum.  The 
petition  was  signed  by  the  following: 

J.   T.   Allen  Herbert  Brown  Mrs.  T.  L.  Maness 

Jean  Allen  Natalie  E.  Allen  Mrs.  Mildred  Huntley 

A.  K.  McDonald  Hubert   W.   Allen  Arlene  Brown 

Mrs.  A.  K.  McDonald  G.  K.  Aderholt  Faye  Raynolds 

Bana  Allen  Mrs.  E.  L.  Dameron  Mrs.  G.  K.  Aderholt 
Mrs.   Herbert  Brown 

2.  From  the  following  Ministers  requesting  permission  to  be  absent 
from  this  meeting  of  ^esbytery:  Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  Rev.  Ira  H. 
Rawles,  Rev.  F.  R.  McAlister,  Rev.  W.  Gatewood  Workman,  Rev.  S.  H. 


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Zealy,  Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Rev.  W.  A.  Gamble,  Rev.  J.  G.  Kirkhoff. 
The  requests  were  granted. 

3.  From  Rev.  C.  Wayne  Potter  requesting  a  letter  of  transfer  to  the 
Fellowship  of  Independent  Evangelicals.    The  request  was  granted. 

4.  From  the  Sub-Committee  on  Home  Missions  of  the  Committee  on 
Church  Extension  requesting  Presbytery  to  instruct  its  Trustees  to  deed 
the  property  at  Clanton  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church  to  the  Trustees 
of  Clanton  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church.     The  request  was  granted. 

5.  From  the  Rev.  Hugh  B.  Carter,  Jr.,  requesting  the  Presbytery 
to  dissolve  the  pastoral  relationship  existing  between  him  and  the  Sun- 
set Hills  Presbyterian  Church  and  to  grant  him  a  letter  of  transfer  to 
the  Presbytery  of  Roanoke.  The  congregation  of  the  Sunset  Hills 
Church  concurred  in  this  request.     The  request  was  granted. 

Report  of  Commission  on  Minister  and  His  Work — The  fol- 
lowing report  of  the  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His 
Work  was  read  and  admitted  to  records: 

Your  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His  Work  reports 
the  following  items  of  business  transacted  since  the  last  meet- 
ing of  Presbytery. 

1.  Approved  the  call  of  Westminster  Church  for  the  Services  of 
Rev.  Howard  Chadwick.  We  are  prepared,  at  the  direction  of  Presby- 
tery, to  place  this  call  in  his  hands. 

2.  Approved  Rev.  Andrew  C.  Allen  for  work  in  this  presbytery 
under  the  direction  of  the  Board  of  Church  Extension. 

3.  Granted  a  letter  of  dismissal  to  Wilmington  Presbytery  for  Mr. 
Charles  Kirby,  candidate. 

4.  Authorized  the  dissolution  of  pastoral  relations  between  McQuay 
Memorial  and  Rev.  Walter  Baker  at  the  end  of  the  present  church -year. 

Roswell  Long,  Chairman 

Ministers  Received — The  Rev.  I.  Howard  Chadwick,  seek- 
ing membership  in  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  presented  a  cer- 
tificate of  transfer  from  the  Moravian  Church  in  America, 
Southern  Province,  which  was  found  in  order.  The  Presbytery 
proceeded  to  examine  Mr.  Chadwick  in  accordance  with  the 
provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The  examination  was 
approved  as  satisfactory  and  he  was  enrolled  upon  the  signing 
of  the  Covenant. 

A  Call  was  placed  in  his  hands  from  the  Westminster  Pres- 
byterian Church  and  accepted  by  him.  A  Commission  was  ap- 
pointed to  install  him  as  pastor  of  the  Church  on  Sunday, 
September  20,  1953  at  8  P.  M.  The  Commission  is  as  follows: 
Rev.  H.  V.  Carson  to  preside  and  propound  the  constitutional 
questions ;  Rev.  James  A.  Jones,  to  preach ;  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 


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to  charge  the  pastor ;  and  Ruling  Elder  Philip  F.  Howerton  to 
charge  the  congregation.  Ruling  Elder  Rufus  A.  Grier  to  be 
the  Alternate  elder.  A  quorum  of  two  ministers  and  one  elder 
was  set  for  the  Commission. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — The  Rev. 

Roy  F.  Whitley  read  the  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Ministe- 
rial Education  and  presented  the  following  men  who  were 
seeking  to  be  received  under  the  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presby- 
tery as  candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry;  J.  F.  Cooley,  Jr., 
of  the  Amay  James  Presbyterian  Church ;  Robert  J.  James,  of 
the  Thomasboro  Presbyterian  Church,  and  Robert  M.  Cochran, 
of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Monroe,  N.  C.  Being  satis- 
fied with  the  recommendations  of  the  Committee,  the  Presby- 
tery proceeded  to  examine  the  Candidates  in  accordance  with 
the  provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The  examination 
was  approved  as  satisfactory.  The  Moderator  charged  the  Can- 
didates and  Rev.  Roy  F.  Whitley  led  the  Presbytery  in  prayer 
in  behalf  of  the  Candidates. 

Minister  Licensed  and  Ordained — Mr.  Robert  M.  Cochran 
who  was  formerly  an  ordained  minister  of  the  Presbyterian 
church  but  dismissed  some  time  ago  without  censure,  was 
recommended  by  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  for 
licensure  and  ordination.  The  written  parts  of  his  examina- 
tion were  not  required  as  he  had  presented  his  parts  for  his 
former  ordination.  Mr.  Cochran  was  examined  in  accordance 
with  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  He  preached 
a  trial  sermon.  The  examination  was  approved  as  satisfactory. 
The  Presbytery  proceeded  to  ordain  Mr.  Cochran  with  powers 
of  an  evangelist.  Mr.  Cochran  was  ordained  to  the  Gospel 
Ministry  with  the  laying  on  of  the  hands  of  the  Presbytery. 
Dr.  W.  M.  Boyce  led  the  ordination  prayer.  He  was  enrolled 
in  the  Presbytery  upon  his  signing  of  the  Covenant. 

Special  Committee  to  Study  the  Plan  of  Union — A  special 
Committee  to  study  the  Plan  of  Union  for  presentation  of  its 
views  at  an  adjourned  meeting  of  Presbytery  was  appointed 
by  the  Nominating  Committee  and  approved  by  the  Presby- 
tery. The  Committee  is  as  follows:  Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer, 
chairman ;  Rev.  W.  R.  Hall ;  Rev.  Henry  S.  Robinson  and  alter- 
nate Rev.  R.  A.  Young;  Ruling  Elders  W.  E.  Price,  A.  R.  Shaw 
and  alternate  T.  M.  Glasgow. 


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Called  and  Adjourned  Meetings — The  Presbytery  voted  to 
have  a  meeting  at  the  Call  of  the  Synod  of  North  Carolina 
for  the  purpose  of  accepting  the  benevolent  apportionments 
of  the  Synod  for  Mecklenburg  Presbytery.  The  Presbytery 
also  voted  to  have  an  adjourned  meeting  for  the  purpose  of 
studying  the  Plan  of  Union  and  making  suggested  changes  in 
the  plan  and  for  the  purpose  of  hearing  and  adopting  the 
Stewardship  Committee's  report.  The  time  of  the  meeting  to 
be  determined  by  the  Council  of  Presbytery. 

Bi-Centennial  Celebration  Committee — The  Presbytery 
voted  to  add  four  new  members  to  the  Committee  on  the  Bi- 
Centennial  Celebration  of  Presbyterianism  in  Mecklenburg 
County  area.  They  are  as  follows:  Dr.  LeGette  Blythe,  Mr. 
Kenneth  Whitsett,  Dr.  Chalmers  Davidson,  Mr.  James  B.  Kuy- 
kendall. 

Presbytery's  Council — The  Presbytery's  Council  presented 
the  Auditor's  reports  of  the  Treasurers'  Books  which  was 
adopted. 

Report  of  Other  Commissions — The  Commission  appointed 
to  install  the  Rev.  Henry  S.  Schum  made  its  report  which  was 
admitted  to  record. 

The  Commission  to  install  Rev.  Henry  Schum  pastor  of 
the  Hopewell  Church  met  Sunday  night,  February  8,  1953  at 
7:20  P.  M. 

The  Commission  consisted  of  Rev.  B.  Frank  Yandell,  J.  E. 
Wayland,  M.  B.  Prince,  F.  Clyde  Pratt  and  Elders  Tom  Glas- 
gow, and  C.  L.  Elliott.  The  meeting  was  constituted  with 
prayer  by  B.  Frank  Yandell.  Rev.  F.  Clyde  Pratt  was  elected 
Clerk. 

The  Commission  recessed  to  join  the  congregation  in  wor- 
ship in  the  auditorium.  The  Invocation  was  given  by  Tom  Glas- 
gow, Apostle's  Creed  by  Rev.  Frank  Yandell,  Scripture  Read- 
ing by  Rev.  J.  E.  Wayland.  Rev.  M.  B.  Prince  led  in  prayer. 
The  sermon  was  preached  by  J.  E.  Wayland  on  the  subject, 
The  Lordship  of  Jesus.  Rev.  B.  Frank  Yandell  propounded 
the  constitutional  questions  and  the  constitutional  require- 
ments being  met  he  declared  Rev.  Henry  Schum  duly  installed 
as  pastor  of  the  Hopewell  Church.    Rev.  B.  Frank  Yandell 


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gave  the  charge  to  the  Minister.  Rev.  F.  Clyde  Pratt  gave  the 
charge  to  the  congregation.  The  Benediction  was  pronounced 
by  the  Rev.  Henry  Schum,  the  pastor. 

The  Commission  reassembled  after  the  close  of  the  service, 
approved  the  minutes,  and  closed  with  prayer  while  the  con- 
gregation greeted  their  new  pastor. 

Rev.  B.  Frank  Yandell,  Chairman 
Rev.  F.  Clyde  Pratt,  Clerk 

The  Commission  to  install  the  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue,  Jr. 
as  pastor  of  the  Unionville  Presbyterian  Church  was  read  and 
admitted  to  Record. 

The  Commission  to  install  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue,  Jr.,  as  minister  of 
the  Presbyterian  Church  at  Unionville,  N.  C,  met  at  2:45  P.M.,  May  10, 
1953,  in  a  Sunday  School  Room  of  the  sanctuary.  The  meeting  was 
called  to  order  by  the  chairman,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone.  Those  present  were: 
Revs.  C.  H.  McLean,  R.  H.  Stone,  Hugh  D.  P.  Pollard  and  Elder  Jack 
Morison. 

The  meeting  was  opened  with  prayer  by  Jack  Morrison.  Rev. 
Hugh  D.  P.  Pollard  was  elected  secretary. 

Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  presided.  It  was  noted  that  the  date  of  installa- 
tion was  changed  from  May  24  to  May  17  at  3  P.M.  by  special  permis- 
sion of  the  Moderator. 

Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  asked  the  constitutional  questions.  Rev.  C.  H. 
McLean  preached  the  sermon  from  the  133rd  Psalm,  the  theme  being, 
"Unity  of  the  Brethren."  Rev.  Hugh  D.  P.  Pollard  charged  the  pastor 
and  prayed  the  prayer  of  Consecration.  Elder  Jack  Morrison  of  the 
Benton  Heights  Presbyterian  Church  charged  the  congregation. 

Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue,  Jr.,  was  properly  installed  as  minister  of  the 
Unionville  Presbyterian  Church  according  to  The  Book  Of  Church  Order, 
Presbyterian  Church,  U.  S. 

The  Commission  returned  to  the  Sunday  School  Room  where  the 
minutes  were  read  and  approved.  The  Commission  was  dismissed  in 
prayer  by  Rev.  C.  H.  McLean. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

Hugh  D.  Pinckney  Pollard, 
Secretary  of  the  Commission 

The  Commission  appointed  to  install  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue, 
Jr.  made  its  report  which  was  admitted  to  record. 

Report   of  the   Commissions   to   Install   Rev.    S.    Wylie   Hogue,   Jr.: 

Six  Mile  Creek  Presbyterian  Church 
May  24,   1953 

The  Commission  to  install  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue,  Jr.,  met  just  before 
9:30  A.M.  and  was  constituted  with  prayer.     Present  were:   Dr.  H.  G. 


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Bedinger,  Chairman,  Rev.  C.  H.  Little,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Mr.  Beaumert 
Whitton  and  Mr.  Roy  Starnes.  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  w^as  asked  to  be  secre- 
tary for  the  Commission.  Dr.  Bedinger  led  in  a  service  of  worship,  in 
which  he  preached  the  sermon  from  the  text — Acts  10:29.  The  presiding 
officer  asked  the  Constitutional  questions  and  upon  their  being  answered 
affirmatively,  declared  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue,  Jr.,  duly  called  and  installed 
pastor  of  the  Six  Mile  Creek  Presbyterian  Church. 

Rev.  C.  H.  Little  gave  the  charge  to  the  minister  and  Rev.  R.  H. 
Stone  gave  the  charge  to  the  congregation.  Following  the  benediction 
by  Mr.  Hogue,  the  congregation  welcomed  him  as  their  pastor.  The 
Commission  then  reviewed  and  approved  their  minutes  and  the  meet- 
ing was  closed  with  prayer. 

R.  H.  Stone,  Secretary 
Banks  Presbyterian  Church 
May  24,   1953 

The  Commission  apopinted  to  install  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue,  Jr.,  pastor 
of  the  Banks  Presbyterian  Church  met  just  before  11:00  A.M.  with  the 
following  present:  Rev.  C.  H.  Little,  Chairman,  Rev.  Jones  Barclay, 
Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  and  Mr.  Beaumert  Whitton.  The  Commission  was 
opened  with  prayer  and  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  was  asked  to  be  clerk.  Mr. 
Little  preached  the  sermon  from  First  John  4:7.  He  then  asked  the 
constitutional  questions  and  upon  their  being  answered  affirmatively,  he 
declared  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue  duly  called  and  installed  pastor  of  the 
Banks  Presbyterian  Church.  The  charge  to  the  pastor  was  given  by 
Rev.  Jonas  Barclay  and  Mr.  Beaumert  Whitton  gave  the  charge  to  the 
congregation.  Mr.  Hogue  pronounced  the  benediction  and  was  wel- 
comed by  the  congregation  as  their  pastor.  The  Commission  reviewed 
and  approved  its  minutes  and  the  meeting  was  closed  with  prayer  led 
by  Mr.  Whitton. 

R.  H.  Stone,  Secretary 
Rehobeth  Presbyterian  Church 
May  24,  1953 

The  Commission  appointed  to  install  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue,  Jr.,  pastor 
of  the  Rehobeth  Presbyterian  Church  met  just  before  3:30  P.M.  and 
was  constituted  with  prayer  by  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan.  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone 
was  asked  to  be  the  clerk.  Those  present  were:  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan, 
Chairman,  Rev.  C.  H.  Little,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Mr.  George  B.  McClellan 
and  Mr.  Wiliam  Moore  of  Bethel  Presbytery  by  special  invitation  of 
the  Presbytery.  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan  led  in  the  service  of  worship  in 
which  he  preached  the  sermon  from  Matthew  19:16-22.  He  also  asked 
the  constitutional  questions  and  upon  their  being  answered  affirmatively 
by  the  pastor-elect  and  congregation,  he  declared  Mr.  Hogue  duly 
called  and  installed  pastor  of  the  Rehobeth  Presbyterian  Church.  Rev. 
R.  H.  Stone  gave  the  charge  to  the  pastor.  Mr.  George  B.  McClellan 
gave  the  charge  to  the  congregation.  Following  the  benediction,  which 
was  pronounced  by  Mr.  Hogue,  the  congregation  welcomed  him  as  their 
pastor,  while  the  Commission  reviewed  and  approved  its  minutes.  The 
meeting  was  adjourned  with  prayer. 

R.  H.  Stone,  Secretary 


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The  Commission  appointed  to  ordain  and  install  the  Rev. 
C.  McD.  Coffey,  III  made  its  report  which  was  admitted  to 
record. 

Ridgecrest   Presbyterian    Church 
June  14,  1953 

Just  before  3:00  P.M.  the  Commission  appointed  to  ordain  and  install 
Mr.  C.  McDonald  Coffey,  III  met  in  the  Sunday  School  room  of  the  church 
and  was  organized  and  constituted  with  prayer.  Present  were:  Rev.  Watt 
M.  Cooper,  Chairman,  Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore,  Jr.,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Rev. 
Stewart  Yandle  and  Mr.  H.  P.  Efird.  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  was  asked  to  be 
secretary  for  the  Commission.  The  Commission  united  with  the  congre- 
gation in  a  service  of  worship,  conducted  by  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper.  The 
sermon  was  preached  by  Mr.  C.  McDonald  Coffey  as  a  trial  part.  It  was 
"The  New  Commandment."  The  sermon  was  sustained  as  satisfactory 
together  with  the  examination  as  a  whole.  The  constitutional  questions 
were  asked  by  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper  and  there  followed  the  service  of 
ordination  and  installation.  Mr.  Cooper  led  the  ordination  prayer.  The 
charge  to  the  pastor  was  given  by  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  and  the  charge  to 
the  congregation  was  given  by  Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore,  Jr.  After  the  singing 
of  a  hymn,  the  benediction  was  pronounced  by  Rev.  C.  McDonald  Coffey, 
III.  The  congregation  came  forward  to  welcome  him. 

The  Commission  stood  in  recess  until  they  could  drive  to  Oakboro 
and  at  4:30  P.M.  a  service  was  held  there  with  Mr.  Cooper  presiding. 
The  presiding  officer  preached  the  sermon  on  the  subject  "The  Pentecost 
Experience."  He  then  asked  the  constitutional  questions  and  the  charges 
were  given  by  the  same  one  as  at  Ridgecrest.  Rev.  C.  McDonald  Coffey 
was  declared  at  each  place  duly  called  and  installed  pastor.  Following 
the  benediction  by  Mr.  Coffey,  the  congregation  at  Oakboro  welcomed 
him  as  their  pastor. 

The  Commission  retired  to  the  Sunday  School  room,  read  and  ap- 
proved the  minutes  and  was  adjourned  with  prayer  led  by  Rev.  Stewart 
Yandle. 

Watt   M.    Cooper,   Chairman 
R.  H.  Stone,  Secretary 


Committee  on  Church  Extension  Manual — The  Committee 
on  Church  Extension  presented  a  Manual  of  procedure  for 
their  Committee  which  was  adopted  and  is  as  follows: 

PREAMBLE 

Whereas: 

At  the  One  Hundred  Eighty-eighth  Stated  Session  of  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery,  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Hamlet,  N.  C,  April  18,  1950, 
the  Committee  on  Presbytery's  reorganization.  Rev.  James  A.  Jones, 
Chmn.,  presented  the  report  of  the  Committee  for  its  second  reading. 
The  report  was  adopted,  viz: 

"2.  The  appointment  of  a  Committee  on  Church  Extension.  This 
Committee  should  be  composed  of  21   members   and  assigned  the  fol- 


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lowing  functions  to  be  discharged  by  sub-committees  of  the  whole: 
Christian  Relations,  three  (3)  members;  Evangelism,  five  (5)  members; 
Radio,  three  (3)  members;  Negro  Work,  three  (3)  members;  Missions, 
seven  (7)  members.  The  Subcommittee  on  Missions  should  take  over 
the  functions  of  the  Special  Committee  on  the  Location  and  Relocation 
of  Churches.  It  is  understood  that  the  Committee  on  Church  Extension 
will  possess  certain  'executive  powers'  which  it  may  discharge  on  its 
own,  or  designate  to  its  Subcommittee  on  Missions,  to  assure  the  efficient 
operation  of  the  duties  assigned  to  it."  (Page  45,  Minutes  of  Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery,  187th  and  188th   Stated  Sessions),  and  whereas: 

Subsequently  the  Negro  Work  and  Home  Missions  Subcommittees 
have  merged  (as  a  committee  of  ten)  for  more  efficient  work,  and  is  re- 
ferred to  hereafter  as  the  Committee  on  Home  Missions. 

Therefore:  The  following  Manual  of  Procedure  for  the  Church  Exten- 
sion Committee  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  has  been  adopted  as  of  July: 

ORGANIZATION 

1.  The  Committee  on  Church  Extension  shall  be  composed  of  twen- 
ty-one (21)  members  who  shall  be  assigned  to  subcommittees  by  the 
Presbytery  at  the  time  of  appointment. 

2.  Members  shall  serve  staggered  terms  as  appointed  by  the  Pres- 
bytery. Members  appointed  to  each  subcommittee  shall  also  serve  stag- 
gered terms.  No  member  of  the  Committee  shall  succeed  himself  unless 
he  has  served  less  than  a  full  term  or  serve  in  any  dual  capacity  on 
two  subcommittees. 

3.  The  Committee  on  Church  Extension  shall  meet  to  hear  and 
review  reports  of  all  subcommittees  semi-annually.  The  Chairman  shall 
call  these  and  such  other  meetings  as  may  be  necessary  for  the  conduct 
of  Committee  business. 

Each  Subcommittee  shall  meet  at  least  once  quarterly  upon  call  of 
its  chairman. 

4.  A  quorum  for  the  Committee  shall  be  seven  and  shall  include 
at  least  one  member  from  each  Subcommittee. 

5.  Chairmen  of  the  various  Subcommittees  will  be  appointed  or 
reappointed  annually  by  Presbytery  at  its  fall  meeting. 

6.  Inasmuch  as  a  very  close  relationship  exists  between  the  various 
Subcommittees  of  the  Committee  on  Church  Extension  and  the  Execu- 
tive Secretary  and  the  Office  of  Presbytery  the  Executive  Secretary  may 
be  invited  to  sit  with  the  Committee  and  the  Subcommittees. 

7.  The  Committee  shall  coordinate  a  budget  based  upon  the  budgets 
of  each  Subcommittee. 

THE  SUBCOMMITTEE  ON  CHRISTIAN  RELATIONS 

It  shall  be  the  duty  of  this  Subcommittee  to: 

1.  Annually  issue  a  pastoral  letter  to  each  member  church  and 
minister  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery.  Such  letter  shall  contain  lists  of 
important  books  or  articles  on  the  pressing  moral  and  social  issues  of 
our  time. 

2.  Bring  to  the  attention  of  Presbytery  any  pertinent  local  prob- 
lems of  which  the  churches  of  this  Presbytery  should  be  cognizant. 

3.  Make  recommendations. 


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THE  SUBCOMMITTEE  ON  EVANGELISM 

It  shall  be  the  duty  of  this  Subcommittee  to: 

1.  Promote  evangelism  among  the  churches  of  the  Presbytery. 

2.  Promote  city-wide  and  county-wide  lay  visitation  evangelism. 

3.  Promote  simultaneous  preaching  services  by  cooperating  with 
ministerial  associations. 

4.  Promote  an  annual  exchange  of  ministers  in  Presbyterian  pul- 
pits in  cooperation  with  Presbyterian  Ministers  Associations. 

5.  Commend  to  Presbytery  in  its  annual  report  such  churches  as 
have  done  outstanding  work  in  the  field  of  evangelism,  individually 
or  corporately. 

6.  Address  a  pastoral  letter  at  least  once  annually  to  member 
churches  and  ministers  of  the  Presbytery.  Such  letter  shall  contain  lists 
of  important  books  and  articles  on  the  subject  of  evangelism.  It  shall 
also  contain  lists  of  available  workers  in  the  field  of  evangelism  locally 
whether  speakers,  visitors,  musicians. 

7.  Make  recommendations. 

THE  SUBCOMMITTEE  ON  HOME  MISSIONS 

The  duty  of  this  Subcommittee  shall  be  three-fold: 

1.  The  care  of  Home  Mission  Churches.  A  Home  Mission  Church  is 
one  that  without  help  from  Presbytery  through  the  Subcommittee  on 
Home  Missions  would  be  unable  to  conduct  regular  worship  services. 

In  discharge  of  this  duty  the  Subcommittee  shall  have:  , 

a)  Authority  to  cooperate  with  churches  in  question  with  regard 
to  securing  pastors  or  other  church  workers,  and  to  enlist  volun- 
tary personnel  from  amongst  clergy  and  laity. 

b)  Authority  to  prepare  and  administer  a  budget  subject  to  the 
authority  granted  by  Presbytery  for  the  same. 

c)  The  responsibility  for  securing  and  disbursing  money  made  avail- 
able through  the  Church  and  Manse  Building  Fund  or  other 
special  funds  which  it  may  secure. 

2.  The  assistance  of  weaker  churches.  A  weaker  Church  is  one  that 
can  provide  for  itself  no  more  than  a  minimum  of  staff  and  activity 
and  finds  itself  unable  to  carry  on  such  a  program  alone  that  will 
enable  it  to  compete  successfully,  etc.  with  other  churches  in  the  com- 
munity so  as  to  result  in  steady  growth. 

In  discharge  of  this  duty  the  Subcommittee  shall: 

a)  Have  authority  to  lend  its  staff  or  paid  workers  for  short  periods 
of  intensive  help,  say  quarterly,  provided  the  church  will  assume 
at  least  one  third  of  the  financial  outlay  required. 

b)  Encourage  stronger  churches  to  assist  specified  weaker  churches 
in  some  "church  buddy"  cooperative  program.  Interest  Presby- 
tery Men  and  other  lay  groups  in  this  "church  buddy"  plan.  Will 
urge  the  stronger  churches  to  consider  financial  assistance  where 
advisable. 

c)  Exploit  every  possibility  for  the  strengthening  of  these  existing 
weaker  and  smaller  non-selfpropogating  churches  in  a  given  area 
before  new  work  in  such  area  is  organized.  (For  new  work,  cf. 
under  3  below). 


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3.    The  location  and  relocation  of  churches. 
In  discharge  of  this  duty: 

1.  Exploit  every  possibility  for  the  strengthening  of  the  smaller 
existent  churches  in  the  general  area. 

2.  Consult  with  the  pastors  and  sessions  of  all  churches  holding 
the  Presbyterian  and  Reformed  System  of  Faith  within  a 
radius  of  three  (3)  miles  from  the  proposed  site  of  a  new 
church. 

3.  Ascertain  by  suitable  house  visitation  and  other  reliable  means 
for  obtaining  public  reaction  or  response  the  local  need  for 
such  new  work. 

4.  Analyze  the  proposed  area  with  respect  to  natural  or  artificial 
barriers  that  may  affect  church  going  in  a  given  neighborhood, 
e.g.,  dangerous  crossings,  railway  lines,  creeks  or  other  im- 
pediments— particularly  with  respect  to  movement  of  children. 

5.  Adopt  the  principle  that  no  new  work  will  be  started  until 
points  (1)  to  (4)  above  have  been  duly  considered  and  that  one 
and  one  half  surface  miles  shall  be  considered  the  minimum 
distance  for  churches  except  for  unusual  situations  created  by 
(4)   above. 

6.  That  8  miles  be  the  minimum  distance  between  rural  churches. 

b)  The  Subcommittee  shall  be  consulted  by  existing  churches  in 
matters  of  contemplated  merger;  relocation;  and  establishment 
of  mission  outposts. 

c)  Any  church  that  feels  its  interests  jeopardized  by  the  actions  of 
the  Subcommittee  has  the  right  of  appeal  to  the  decision  of 
Presbytery. 

d)  Make  recommendations. 


THE  SUBCOMMITTEE  ON  RADIO  AND  TELEVISION 

It  shall  be  the  duty  of  this  Subcommittee  to: 

1.  Address  a  pastoral  letter  to  each  member  church  and  minister 
in  this  Presbytery  at  least  annually.  This  letter  shall  contain  informa- 
tion with  regard  to  the  worthwhile  programs  which  come  over  the  air. 

2.  Cooperate  with  ministerial  associations  in  general  religious  pro- 
gramming and  coordinate  such  programs  for  Presbyterian  participation; 
exploit  ways  and  means  to  interest  ministers  in  this  medium  for  reli- 
gious education.  Serve  as  liason  between  churches  and  broadcasting 
outlets. 

3.  Act  as  consultant  to  the  Office  of  Presbytery  in  any  matters 
which  relate  to  necessary  publicity  through  the  channels  of  radio  or 
television. 

4.  Make  recommendations. 

*Note:  The  duties  of  the  former  Committee  on  Location  and  Reloca- 
tion of  Churches  may  be  found  in  the  Minutes  of  the  153rd 
Stated  Session  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  on  pages  20-23,  a  gist 
of  which  is:  (1)  To  make  surveys  with  regard  to  location  of 
churches  that  may  need  relocating;  (2)  To  locate  areas  where 
new  churches  should  be  built;    (3)   Provide  publicity  about  the 


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need  for  the  work;  and  (4)  Counselling  with  churches,  consid- 
ering their  locations,  and  with  communities  that  are  in  need 
of  churches. 

Presbytery  recessed  for  lunch  at  1  P.  M.  Rev.  J.  W.  Grier 
led  in  prayer. 


AFTERNOON  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  at  2  P.  M.  and  was  led  in  prayer  by 
Ruling  Elder  W.  E.  Price  who  remembered  the  many  mem- 
bers of  the  Presbytery  who  were  ill. 

Moderator  Nominated — The  Rev.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence  was 
nominated  for  the  office  of  Moderator  for  the  next  meeting 
of  Presbytery. 

President  of  Senior  Youth  Fellowship  Speaks — Sam  Inman, 
Jr.,  President  of  the  Senior  Youth  Fellowship  of  the  Presby- 
tery, spoke  to  the  Presbytery  about  the  youth  work  and  urged 
the  Ministers  and  elders  to  seek  to  know  the  young  people 
better  and  help  them  more.  The  Stated  Clerk  of  the  Presby- 
tery was  instructed  to  write  a  letter  of  commendation  and 
assurance  to  the  young  people. 

Report  on  Senior  and  Pioneer  Conferences — Rev.  D.  E.  Wil- 
kinson and  Rev.  Hugh  B.  Carter  gave  most  inspiring  accounts 
of  the  Senior  and  Pioneer  Conferences  held  earlier  in  the  sum- 
mer. The  Committee  on  Education  was  requested  to  study  the 
possibility  for  a  conference  for  Juniors. 

Report  of  the  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly — 

The  Comissioners  to  the  1953  General  Assembly  reported  their 
attendance  upon  the  meeting.  The  Commissioners  were  com- 
mended for  their  diligence  and  the  reports  were  received  as 
information. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Presbytery's  Records — ^The  Com- 
mittee on  Presbytery's  Records  made  the  following  report 
which  was  adopted: 

The  Committee  on  Presbytery's  Records  had  placed  in  our  hands 
the  Minutes  of  the  199th  and  200th  Stated  meetings  of  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery.  We  have  found  these  records  in  excellent  order. 

The  Committee  would  recommend  that  Presbytery  commend  the 
Clerks  for  their  diligent  service. 

W.  B.  McSwain 


36  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 

Report  of  Committee  on  Resolutions — The  Committee  on 
Resolutions  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

The  201st  session  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  meeting  in  the  Paw 
Creek  Presbyterian  Church  would  express  its  gratitude  to  the  pastor, 
Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston,  and  officers  of  the  Church  for  the  cordial  welcome 
accorded  us  and  for  the  preparations  made  for  our  comfort  and  the 
facilities  made  available  for  our  work. 

We  would  thank  the  Women  of  the  Church  for  the  delicious  and 
more  than  adequate  lunch.  We  should  express  our  gratitude  to  Mrs. 
Doris  Holton  for  the  history  of  the  congregation  and  rejoice  with  them 
in  God's  blessing  upon  their  work. 

To  Mr.  Irwin  Belk  we  extend  our  thanks  for  a  Presbyterian  tie.  Grati- 
tude is  extended  to  those  who  have  inspired  us  with  reports  and  sermons. 

For  a  good  day  in  His  service  we  thank  God  and  the  Paw  Creek 
Presbyterian  Church. 

We  request  that  this  report  be  made  available  to  the  pastor  of  the 
congregation. 

Respectfully    submitted, 
R.  H.  Stone 
Roy  Todd 

Report  on  Unionville  Church  Property  Matter — The  Rev. 
R.  H.  Stone  made  the  following  report  on  the  Unionville 
Church  Property  matter  which  was  adopted: 

Pursuant  to  instructions  given  at  the  last  meeting  of  Presbytery 
relative  to  disposition  of  a  part  of  the  property  of  the  Unionville  Pres- 
byterian Church  on  which  the  Manse  is  located,  I  went  to  Mr.  John  S. 
Cansler,  chairman  of  the  Trustees  of  the  Presbytery,  and  laid  the  facts 
before  him.  He  gave  his  opinion  that  the  trustees  of  the  Church  by 
order  of  the  Unionville  Presbyterian  congregation  could  sell  some  of 
their  property  if  the  funds  were  used  for  the  improvement  of  the  Church 
as  directed  by  Presbytery. 

Respectfully   submitted, 
R.  H.   Stone 

Bible  in  Public  Schools — The  following  motion  was 
adopted : 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery  gives  its  approval  and  endorse- 
ment to  the  teaching  of  Bible  in  the  Public  Schools,  supported 
by  funds  raised  by  voluntary  subscriptions  with  attendance 
upon  such  classes  being  voluntary. 

Meetings  of  Presbytery — The  Presbytery  requested  that 
the  Executive  Secretary  furnish  the  members  of  Presbytery 
with  information  as  to  how  to  reach  the  place  of  meeting  for 
each  stated  session. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY  37 

Next  Meeting — The  Presbytery  accepted  the  invitation  of 
the  Robinson  Church  for  its  next  stated  session. 

Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

The  Presbytery  adjourned  with  prayer  led  by  the  Rev. 
Hugh  B.  Carter  to  meet  at  the  First  Presbyterian  Church, 
Charlotte,  N.  C.  in  adjourned  session  at  5  P.  M.  on  September 
21,  1953. 

John  A.  Carriker,  Moderator 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 

B.  F.  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk 

A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


38  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Called  Meeting 

of 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


First  Presbyterian  Church 
Wilson,  N.  C. 
September  9,  1953 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery  met  at  the  direction  of  the  Synod 
of  North  Carolina  and  was  called  to  order  by  the  Moderator, 
Rev.  John  A.  Carriker.  Ruling  Elder  Ted  Ohlenburg  led  the 
Presbytery  in  prayer. 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled 
during  the  meeting. 

Ministers— C.  G.  McClure,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  S.  M.  Hutchison,  R.  W. 
Rayburn,  George  A.  Fletcher,  A.  Leslie  Thompson,  Watt  M.  Cooper, 
Howard  Chadwick,  John  A.  Carriker,  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  J.  C.  Lawrence, 
C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  J.  W.  Stork,  Milos  Strupl,  R.  G.  Balnicky,  L.  L  Stell, 
James  R.  Crook,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  Russell  M,  Kerr,  S.  M.  Inman— 20. 

Ruling  Elders — T.  Ohlenburg,  Caldwell  Memorial;  J.  C.  Price,  Steele 
Creek;  J.  N.  Stribling,  Charlotte  First;  F.  C.  Efird,  Marshville;  N.  M. 
Craig,  Sardis;  V.  L.  Hunter,  Sugaw  Creek;  Don  Graham,  Common- 
wealth; Harold  A.  Smoak,  Trinity;  Neal  A.  Ranson,  Westminster — 9. 

The  Call — The  Call  for  the  meeting  of  the  Presbytery  at 
the  direction  of  the  Synod  was  for  the  purpose  of  adopting 
Synod's  benevolent  apportionments. 

The  Rev.  J.  W.  Stork  was  elected  permanent  clerk  for  this 
meeting. 

Synod's  benevolent  askings  of  $370,130  was  adopted. 

The  Committee  elected  by  Presbytery  to  study  the  Plan 
of  Union  announced  the  adjourned  session  of  Presbytery  to  be 
held  Monday,  September  21st.  at  5  P.M.  at  the  First  Presby- 
terian Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C.  A  dutch  treat  supper  will  be 
served  at  6  P.M.  and  at  7 :30  P.M.  the  Presbytery  would  re- 
convene for  the  discussion  of  the  Plan  of  Union. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY  39 

Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

Rev.  F.  C.  Wilkinson  led  the  closing  prayer. 

Rev.  J.  A.  Carriker,  Moderator 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 

J.  W.  Stork,  Permanent  Clerk  Protem 

A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


40  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Adjourned  Meeting 

of 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery 

First  Presbyterian  Church 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
September  21,  1953. 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  adjourned  session 
at  the  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C,  at  5  P.M. 
on  the  above  date.  The  Moderator,  Rev.  John  A.  Carriker,  led 
the  opening  exercises.  The  Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long  led  in  prayer. 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  enrolled  during 
the  meeting. 

Ministers — C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  J.  A.  Carriker,  H.  S.  Robinson,  W.  B. 
Neill,  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Watt  M.  Cooper,  R.  G.  Balnicky,  Hugh  D.  P. 
Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce,  E.  B.  Cooper,  R.  G.  Laurens,  S.  H.  Zealy,  H.  G. 
Bedinger,  Milos  Strupl,  J.  W.  Stork,  B.  F.  Yandell,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit, 
R.  W.  Rayburn,  Roy  F.  Whitley,  R.  H.  Stone,  Roswell  C.  Long,  W.  B. 
McSwain,  W.  A.  Gamble,  S.  W.  Hogue,  Jr.,  D.  E.  Carlton,  Henry  S. 
Schum,  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  A.  L.  Thompson,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  Sheldon  F. 
Koesy,  M.  G.  Lyerly,  S.  M.  Inman,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  L.  L  Stell,  C.  H. 
McLean,  R.  A.  Young,  W.  M.  Walsh,  G.  Dana  Waters,  James  R.  Crook, 
R.  M.  Kerr,  George  A.  Fletcher — 41. 

Ruling  Elders — Duncan  McAskill,  Ellerbe;  C.  B.  Choate,  Central 
Steele  Creek;  J.  L  Hutchinson,  Williams  Memorial;  Campbell  W.  Ansley, 
Trinity;  J.  W.  Russell,  Matthews;  C.  W.  Kidd,  Hopewell;  G.  Dewey 
Klutz,  South  Park;  J.  L.  Nance,  St.  Paul;  D.  F.  Westmoreland,  Selwyn 
Avenue;  M.  B.  Query,  Caldwell  Memorial;  John  C.  Ashcraft,  Plaza; 
R.  A.  Morrow,  Monroe  First;  C.  A.  Dunn,  Cook's  Memorial;  Rufus  A. 
Grier,  Steele  Creek;  Samuel  W.  Smith,  Charlotte  First;  P.  F.  Lee, 
Marshville;  C.  B.  Grier,  Pineville;  G.  W.  Holbrook,  Thomasboro;  Bert 
McLaurin,  Rockingham  First;  W.  B.  Sullivan,  Sharon;  C.  B.  Baird, 
Sardis;  Roy  H.  Todd,  Sugaw  Creek;  S.  H.  McCall,  Jr.,  Troy— 23. 

The  following  Ministers  were  introduced  to  the  Presbytery 
and  invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren :  Rev.  Charles  Gibboney, 
Rev.  Malcolm  Calhoun  and  Rev.  W.  S.  Boyce. 

Report  of  Presbytery's  Council — Presbytery's  Council 
presented  the  following  Stewardship  report  which  was 
adopted : 


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For  the  year  1952-53,  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  gave  to  Benevolences: 

Assembly's  Causes   $188,221 

Synod's  Causes    227,869 

Presbytery's  Causes   105,910 

Congregational    Missions    43,097 

Miscellaneous  Benevolences    58,117 

Total     $623,214 

These  contributions  amount  to  $21.85  per  capita.  The  increase  in 
miscellaneous  benevolences  the  past  few  years  shows  a  definite  trend 
towards  independency  of  action  by  congregations  instead  of  distribution 
by  percentages  asked  by  Assembly,  Synod  and  Presbytery. 

We  offer  for  the  consideration  of  Presbytery  the  following  recom- 
mendations : 

1.  That  Presbytery  adopt  as  its  Benevolent  Budget  for  the  church 
year  January  1-December  31,  1954,  the  apportionments  below  for  As- 
sembly's and  Synod's  causes,  as  sent  down  by  Synod  and  the  amount 
for  Presbytery's  causes  as  approved  by  your  Council: 

Assembly's  Causes $230,764 

Synod's  Causes    140,364 

Presbytery's    Causes    84,800 

Total     $429,174 

2.  That  the  contributions  from  the  churches  be  applied  to  the  totals 
accepted  by  Presbytery  for  the  various  Benevolent  Causes  and  be  dis- 
tributed according  to  the  following  schedule  of  Percentages: 

ASSEMBLY'S                                      Per  Cent  Amount 

World   Missions    26.7  $114,739 

Church   Extension    11.2  48,190 

Education     4.8  20,653 

Annuities  and  Relief 4.0  17,440 

General  Fund    6.8  28,824 

Inter  Church  Agencies    .2  918 

Total  Assembly's  Causes   53.7  $230,764 

SYNOD'S 

Church   Extension    4.3  18,175 

William  Black  Home 6  2,432 

Presbyterian  Home — Regular   1.4  6,080 

Presbyterian    Home — Special    ....      None  2,432    (Notincl.  in 

Barium   Springs — Regular    4.3  18,242  Total  below) 

Barium  Springs — Special    None  24,322      "     "     " 

Educational    Institutions     13.3  57,156 

Religious   Education    1.5  6,486 

Campus  Christian  Life   1.0  4,309 

Inter-Church  Agencies 2  730 


Total   Synod's   Causes    26.6  Net— $113,610 


42  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


PRESBYTERY'S 

Church  Extension    18.6  80,000 

Christian  Education    1.1  4,800 

19.7  $  84,800 

GRAND   TOTAL    100%  $429,174 

*$113,610  does  not  include  the  specials  for  Presbyterian  Home  and 
Barium  Springs,  and  no  percentage  is  assigned.  However,  contributions 

through  these  specials  should  be  included  in  the  church's  report  at  the 
end  of  the  year. 

3.    That   the   following   apportionments    be    made    to    the    individual 
churches  of  Presbytery: 

GAVE  ASKING 
CHURCH                                                           1952-53   Jan.  1-Dec.  31, 1954 

Albemarle,  First   $     7,122  $  8,200 

Albemarle,   Second    307  1,000 

Altan    369  500 

Amay  James    154  240 

Amity     1,150  1,800 

Avondale     2,344  4,000 

Badin    1,275  1,500 

Banks     260  300 

Benton  Heights   600  750 

Bethany     69  60 

Bethel     621  600 

Bethlehem     820  720 

Beulah    95  240 

Biscoe     2,201  1,200 

Brainerd    112  240 

Caldwell  Memorial    26,410  18,000 

Camden    410  400 

Cameronian     300  400 

Camp  Green  963  720 

Candor     579  1,000 

Central  Steele  Creek   1,541  3,000 

Charlotte,  First 71,813  50,000 

Clanton  Memorial   543  480 

Commonwealth     11,299  2,700 

Community   82  75 

Cook's  Memorial    5,239  4,800 

Cornelius   134  300 

Covenant   75,825  56,000 

Eastminster    130  600 

Ellerbe  1,089  750 

Hamlet    6,204  5,000 

Hawley  Memorial   56  50 

Hopewell   4,354  5,000 

Huntersville    6,173  4,000 

Indian  Hill   94  240 

Indian  Trail   681  600 

Lee  Park 521  240 

Locust    708  600 

Macedonia   764  600 


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Mallard  Creek   4,201  4,000 

Mark's  Creek  921  720 

Marshville  566  720 

Marston 297  480 

Matthews     1,042  1,500 

McGee    931  720 

McLean  Memorial 202  360 

McQuay   Memorial    489  300 

Mom:oe,   First    11,911  7,200 

Morgan  Memorial   ...  60 

Morris  Field 895  720 

Morven    802  720 

Mt.  Carmel   331  :^0o 

Mt.  Gilead 1,559  1,500 

Mulberry   7,136  5,000 

Myers  Park 188,926  84,000 

Nevin 961  600 

New  Salem   243  480 

Newell   449  720 

Norman   269  300 

North  Charlotte 1,070  1,000 

Norwood    737  1,000 

Oakboro 75  300 

Pageland   349  600 

Park  Avenue 125  360 

Paw  Creek    11,437  5,000 

Pee  Dee  331  240 

Philadelphia    5,046  6,000 

Pineville     1,532  1,500 

Plaza    6,937  7,500 

Pleasant  Hill    1,283  1,200 

Providence     3,194  4,500 

Ramah   985  900 

Rehobeth   126  120 

Ridgecrest 200  240 

Robinson    1,194  1,200 

Rockingham    3,512  4,000 

Rourk 522  840 

Saint  Andrews  1,880  3,600 

Saint  Paul's    2,901  1,800 

Salem 27  120 

Sardis     13,509  4,500 

Seigle  Avenue    421  600 

Selwyn  Avenue    5,796  4,500 

Sharon    3,558  4,000 

Siler   414  600 

Six  Mile  Creek 180 

Smallwood 70  420 

South  Park  652  600 

Star    240 

Steele    Creek    26,383  18,000 

Stephenson    60  180 

Sugaw  Creek 13,954  15,000 

Sunset  Hills   2,224  1,800 

Tenth   Avenue    9,434  7,000 


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Thomasboro    4,701  6,000 

Trinity   22,715  12,000 

Troy 1,565  1,450 

Turner   293  240 

Unionville    161  240 

Wadesboro    2,025  1,200 

Walkersville    257  600 

Waxhaw    810  720 

West  Avenue 7,209  6,000 

Westminster   779  4,800 

Westover  Hills 2,088  2,400 

Williams  Memorial   3,439  4,500 

Wilmore 1,684  2,700 

4.  That  October  19,  1953-November  15,  1953,  be  approved  as  Stew- 
ardship Emphasis  Season  and  that  November  8,  1953,  be  designated  as 
Every  Member  Canvass  Day,  and  that  "First  Things  First"  be  the  thejne 
of  the  fall  1953  canvass. 

5.  That  the  period  of  October  through  December,  1953,  be  set  aside 
as  a  season  in  which  we  encourage  tithing.  (Not  only  was  the  Church's 
whole  level  of  giving  raised  materially  by  the  "Tithing  Adventure"  in 
1951,  but  the  whole  spiritual  tone  of  the  Church  was  improved.) 

6.  That  Presbytery  approve  of  the  following  days  and  supplemental 
offerings  for  Synod's  Causes: 

(1)  For  the  Orphan's  Home  at  Barium  Springs,  an  over-and- 
above  offering  taken  annually  at  the  Thanksgiving  Season. 
Presbytery's  quota  is  $24,322  and  is  accepted  but  not  included 
in  distribution  of  percentages  by  central  treasurers. 

(2)  For  Religious  Education  to  promote  Vacation  Bible  Schools 
in  the  Synod  to  be  taken  in  April. 

(3)  For  Synod's  Educational  Institutions,  to  be  taken  on  Christian 
Education  Day,  Sunday,  April  25,  1954. 

(4)  For  The  Presbyterian  Home,  to  be  taken  Mother's  Day,  May  9, 
1954. 

(5)  For  Synod's  and  Presbytery's  Home  Missions,  to  be  taken  at 
a  date  to  be  set  by  the  Executive  Committee  of  Church  Ex- 
tension, not  in  conflict  with  other  causes. 

(6)  That  we  commend  to  pastors  and  church  officers  the  observ- 
ance of  Special  Seasons  and  Special  Days,  as  well  as  monthly 
and  Seasonal  Emphases  for  the  period  January  1-December 
31,  1954,  as  recommended  by  Assembly  and  Synod. 

(7)  That  Presbytery  approve  a  per  capita  tax  of  $1.00  for  the 
period  January  1-December  31,  1954,  to  cover  the  expenses  of 
Presbytery's  Office,  maintenance  and  upkeep  of  Camp  Walton 
Stewart,  and  the  office  of  the  Stated  Clerk  of  Presbytery,  in- 
cluding assessments  of  the  Assembly  and  Synod. 

(8)  That  inasmuch  as  miscellaneous  benevolences  amount  to 
nearly  ten  per  cent  of  our  total  benevolences  that  the  Council 
be  instructed  and  authorized  to  confer  with  pastors  and 
officers  of  churches  which  channel  disproportionate  amounts 
to  outside  causes  rather  than  through  denominational 
agencies. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY  45 

(9)  That  the  Council  be  authorized  to  confer  with  pastors  and 
church  officers  in  the  case  of  churches  contributing  nothing 
to  benevolences  through  Presbytery's  central  treasurer  or 
through  regular  denominational  institutions  or  agencies. 
(10)  That  the  Council  through  its  Stewardship  Committee  arrange 
Stewardship  conferences  in  the  bounds  of  Presbytery  to 
explain  the  budget  to  the  officers  of  the  various  churches  and 
promote  the  cause  of  Stewardship  throughaut  the  Presbytery. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

Rufus  A.  Grier,  Chairman 

Manual  Change-^ — The  following  request  for  a  Manual 
change  was  presented  by  the  Sub-Committee  on  Religious 
Education  of  the  Committee  on  Education  and  was  adopted  on 
first  reading. 

At  the  present  time  the  Sub-Committee  on  Religious  Education  con- 
sists of  six  members  elected  by  the  Presbytery  plus  four  ex-officio  mem- 
bers, namely,  the  chairman  of  the  S.  S.  superintendents,  the  president 
of  the  Men  of  the  Presbytery,  the  president  of  the  Youth  Council  and  a 
representative  of  the  Women  of  the  Church.  The  six  regular  members 
are  in  three  classes  of  two  members  and  each  class  serves  three  years. 
The  ex-officio  members  change  almost  yearly. 

The  work  of  the  sub-committee  is  divided  into  the  following  groups: 

Children's  Work    1  member 

Youth's   Work    3  members 

Young  Adult  Work 1  member 

Men's  Work   2  members 

Leadership  Training 2  members 

Camp    Stewart  3  members 

This  division  of  the  work  requires  more  personnel  than  the  com- 
mittee has. 

We  would  like  to  submit  the  following  change  which  we  believe  would 
rectify  our  deficiency: 

1.  That  there  be  nine  regular  members  on  the  Sub-Committee  of 
Religious  Education  plus  the  four  ex-officio   members. 

2.  That  the  nine  members  be  in  three  classes  of  three  each  and 
serving  three  years. 

3.  That  the  classes  of  1954  and  1955  be  increased  to  three  by  the 
election  of  one  additional  member  and  that  the  class  of  1956  consist  of 
three  members. 

We  feel  that  the  Sub-Committee  on  Religious  Education  has  a  big 
job  to  do  and  that  with  the  addition  of  the  above  personnel  will  be  better 
equipped  to  do  a  job. 

Presbytery  recessed  for  supper  with  prayer  by  the  Rev. 
G.  Dana  Waters. 


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NIGHT  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  at  7:30  P.M.  with  prayer  led  by 
Rev.  S.  M.  Inman. 

Resolution  of  Thanks — The  Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall  expressed 
the  gratitude  of  the  Presbytery  to  the  Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 
and  the  members  of  the  Charlotte  First  Church  for  their 
hospitality  during  this  meeting.  The  Presbytery  confirmed 
this  expression  of  thanks  by  a  unanimous  vote. 

Privilege  of  Floor — Presbytery  granted  the  privilege  of  the 
floor  to  those  members  of  the  Committee,  appointed  to  dis- 
cuss the  Plan  of  Union,  who  were  not  members  of  the  Presby- 
tery. 

Plan  of  Union  Discussed — The  Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer  pre- 
sided and  directed  the  discussion  of  the  Plan  of  Union.  Mr. 
W.  E.  Price  and  the  Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson  discussed  the  Con- 
current Declarations.  Mr.  A.  R.  Shaw  and  the  Rev.  R.  A. 
Young  discussed  the  Confession  of  Faith  and  the  Declaratory 
Statement.  Mr.  T.  M.  Glasgow  discussed  the  section  on  Wor- 
ship. The  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall  discussed  the  Rules  of  Procedure. 
The  Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer  discussed  the  Rules  of  Discipline. 

Presbytery  expressed  its  gratitude  to  the  Committee  for 
their  good  work  in  the  discussions. 

Suggested  Changes — The  following  suggested  changes  in 
the  plan  of  Union  were  adopted  and  ordered  submitted  to  the 
General  Assembly's   Committee  on  Cooperation  and  Union. 

1.  Add  the  words  "and  do  you  further  promise  that  if  at  any  time 
you  find  yourself  out  of  accord  with  any  of  the  fundamentals  of  this 
system  of  doctrine,  you  will  on  your  own  initiative  make  known  to  your 
Presbytery  or  Session  the  change  which  has  taken  place  in  your  views 
since  the  assumption  of  this  ordination  vow",  to  question  3,  page  159,  Plan 
of  Union,  in  the  ordination  vows  of  a  minister,  and  to  question  3,  page 
138,  Plan  of  Union,  in  the  ordination  vows  of  ruling  elders  and  deacons. 

2.  Delete  paragraph  11,  chapter  34,  page  186,  Plan  of  Union.  This 
paragraph  having  to  do  with  property  of  a  particular  church. 

3.  Rewrite  a  portion  of  the  "Supplemental  Covenant  and  Agree- 
ment" page  21,  Plan  of  Union,  so  that  churches  in  the  Presbyterian 
Church  in  the  tjnited  States  of  America  shall  have  the  same  privilege 
of  withdrawing  from  the  Union  that  is  afforded  churches  of  the  Pres- 
byterian Church  in  the  United  States  and  the  United  Presbyterian  Church 
of  North  America. 


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Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

After  prayer  by  the  Moderator  Presbytery  adjourned  to 
meet  at  the  Robinson  Presbyterian  Church,  Route  8,  Charlotte, 
N.  C,  at  9  A.M.,  October  20,  1953. 

John  A.  Carriker,  Moderator 


F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 
B.  F.  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


48  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 

The  Two  Hundred  Second 

Stated  Session  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


Robinson  Presbyterian  Church 
Route  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
October  20,  1953. 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundred 
Second  Stated  Session  in  the  Robinson  Presbyterian  Church, 
Route  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C.  at  9  A.M.  on  the  above  date. 

The  Moderator,  Rev.  John  A.  Carriker,  presided  and  led  in 
the  opening  exercises  of  worship.  The  subject  of  the  Modera- 
tor's sermon  was  'The  Necessity  of  Christ." 

The  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper  was  celebrated  led 
by  the  Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr  and  the  Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer. 

History  of  the  Robinson  Church— In  lieu  of  the  History  of 
the  Robinson  Presbyterian  Church,  the  Rev.  W.  B.  Neill  made 
the  following  report  of  the  building  operations  of  the  Church. 

Report  on  the  Building  Operation  of  Robinson  Presbyterian  Church, 
made  to  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  at  its  Fall  Meeting  in  the  above 
church,  October  20th,  1953. 

"How  did  you  do  it  with  such  a  small  group?"  was  the  question  that 
was  asked  by  scores  of  friends  and  visitors  who  came  to  see  the  church 
after  it  was  completed.    In  answering  that  question,  we  say: 

I.    We  needed  a  church.     That  made  the  appeal. 

1.  It  was  so  poorly  built  it  could  not  be  made  comfortable.  The 
heating  was  the  same  kind  it  had  when  it  was  built,  more  than  sixty 
years  ago.     We  wanted  comfort. 

2.  The  greatest  need  was  facilities  for  the  Church  School.  We 
longed  for  a  room  for  each  class,  where  the  teachers  could  do  their 
best  work. 

II.    God  wanted  us  to  have  a  church.     These  are  the  evidences: 

1.    Mr.  C.  K.  Thomas,  one  of  our  Deacons,  had  for  many  years  been 

with  one  of  the  large  lumber  companies  in  Charlotte,  and  just  before 

we  got  ready  to  build  he  opened  a  shop  at  his  home  in  the  community. 

We  think   God   sent  him   home   to  be   ready  to   help   us,   as   he   did   so 

well. 


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2.  We  were  having  difficulty  in  deciding  whether  to  build  to  the  old 
church  or  build  new,  and  God  sent  a  storm  one  Sunday  morning  and 
shook  the  church  so  badly  that  we  knew  we  did  not  want  to  build  to  it. 
Then  we  had  to  rethink  our  plans.  We  did  not  have  muqh  money, 
and  we  could  not  afford  to  have  a  church   debt. 

3.  Another  one  of  the  Deacons  came  up  with  the  suggestion  that 
we  saw  the  lumber  for  the  church  ourselves.  When  asked  about 
the  timber  in  the  community  he  said,  "There  is  more  than  we  think," 
and  went  on  to  say,  "We  have  some  and  the  church  can  have  all  of  it 
if  it  needs  it."  That  gave  us  /heart  and  we  began  to  work  on  that 
plan.     We  think   God  gave  him  that   thought. 

4.  Just  before  we  began  to  build,  some  land  in  the  community,  on 
which  there  was  fine  timber,  changed  hands.  If  that  change  had  not 
come  about  we  would  not  have  received  one  stick  of  it.  As  it  was  we 
were  given  more  than  twenty  thousand  feet.  These  are  some  of  the 
reasons  we  think  God  was  working  with  us. 

III.    We   wanted   a   church,    and   we   were   willing   to    work   for    it. 

1.  On  January  1st,  1950,  we  went  to  cutting  and  hauling  logs.  It 
was  an  inspiring  sight  to  see  twenty-five  or  thirty  men  at  work  in  the 
woods,  all  over  the  area.  From  that  time  on  nothing  could  have  stopped 
us.  In  less  than  two  weeks  we  had  hauled  enough  logs. to  make  sixty- 
five  thousand  feet  of  lumber.  We  did  all  the  work  that  could  be  done 
by  untrained  men.  The  old  church  was  taken  down  and  the  lumber  was 
made  ready  to  use  in  the  new  church. 

2.  Our  organization  was  very  simple.  The  Board  of  Deacons  was 
the  Finance  Committee  and  made  all  of  the  plans  to  keep  up  the  interest. 
It  worked  at  it  for  five  years  before  we  began  the  building.  And  finally 
the  Board  told  the  church  when  we  had  twenty  thousand  dollars  in  the 
bank  we  would  start  the  building.  The  year  we  began  the  building  we 
raised  more  than  ten  thousand  dollars. 

We  had  a  five-man  Building  Committee,  as  follows — H.  E.  McComb, 
chairman,  H.  C.  Sullivan,  C.  K.  Thomas,  W.  C.  Flowers  and  V.  H. 
Brawley.  J.  C.  Dulin  was  treasurer,  and  he  had  no  other  funds  except 
for  the  building. 

3.  The  women  were  working  all  the  time.  They  were  the  inspira- 
tion, often  for  the  whole  church.  Some  of  the  years  they  raised  five 
hundred  dollars.  When  the  Building  Committee  told  the  church  that  it 
could  not  have  a  steeple,  the  Evening  Circle  said  it  would  raise  the 
money  for  it,  and  did,  and  got  the  steeple. 

One  woman  was  raising  money  all  the  years  for  the  carpet,  and  those 
who  liked  to  give  to  special  tjiings  were  giving  to  that. 

4.  We  had  many  friends  who  made  contributions,  some  of  them 
were  large  ones.  We  would  like  to  mention  all  of  them  by  name,  but 
we  can  not  on  account  of  space,  and  too  we  might  miss  some  one. 

One  woman  right  here  in  the  community  who  is  in  a  church  in 
another  denomination  got  interested  in  an  organ  fund,  and  after  work- 
ing in  every  way  her  genius  would  suggest  she  finally,  when  we  began 
thinking  of  buying  an  organ  she  turned  over  five  hundred  dollars  to  the 
treasurer,  which  was  the  first  money  for  the  organ. 

We  all  worked,  hoped,  and  prayed.    And  this  is  the  way  it  was  done. 

W.  B.  Neill 


50  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  enrolled  during 
the  meeting. 

Ministers— J.  W.  Grier,  J.  W.  Stork,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  W.  H.  John- 
ston, B.  F.  Yandell,  J.  C.  Grier,  A.  T.  Taylor,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B. 
Neill,  R.  A.  Young,  W.  I.  Howell,  Jr.,  D.  K.  Snyder,  W.  T.  Smith,  J.  A. 
Jones,  R.  H.  Stone,  C.  G.  McClure,  S.  M.  Inman,  F.  C.  Pratt,  Jonas 
Barclay,  W.  M.  Walsh,  F.  S.  Johnston,  A.  L.  Thompson,  W.  A.  Gamble, 
R.  F.  Whitley,  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Warner  L.  Hall,  T.  L.  MacLean,  J.  A. 
Carriker,  H.  S.  Robinson,  S.  M.  Hutchison,  C.  H.  Rowan,  R.  C.  Long, 
J.  C.  Lawrence,  H.  G.  Bedinger,  C.  S.  Miller,  B.  F.  Moore,  Watt  M.  Cooper, 
H.  D.  Hayward,  0.  M.  Whitener,  W.  J.  Huneycutt,  D.  E.  Carlton,  S.  H. 
Zealy,  W.  B.  McSwain,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  E.  B.  Cooper, 
J.  P.  Holder,  L.  I.  Stell,  A.  H.  Key,  R.  W.  Rayburn,  H.  L.  Thomas, 
H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce,  R.  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  McLean,  G.  A. 
Fletcher,  R.  G.  Laurens,  R.  G.  Balnickey,  S.  W.  Yandle,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit, 

B.  F.  Ferguson,  J.  R.  Crook,  Milos  Strupl,  Crawford  A.  White,  J.  S. 
Garner,  H.  S.  Schum,  S.  W.  Hogue,  Jr.,  W.  Gatewood  Workman,  C.  McD. 
Coffey,  I.  Howard  Chadwick— 70. 

Ruling  Elders — H.  P.  Efird,  Albemarle  First;  John  D.  Helms,  Altan; 
J.  C.  Kuck,  Amith;  J.  E.  White,  Banks;  O.  V.  Horton,  Benton  Heights; 
Walter  Henderson,  Bethel;  C.  S.  Smart,  Bethlehem;  E.  H.  Webb,  Beulah; 

C.  R.  Poole,  Biscoe;  C.  Leon  Liles,  Camp  Greene;  R.  S.  Abernathy,  Jr., 
Charlotte  First;  Earl  B.  Clanton,  Clanton  Memorial;  Frank  C.  Stanton, 
Commonwealth;  E.  E.  White,  Cook's  Memorial;  A.  R.  Craig  and  H.  G. 
Robinson,  Covenant;  J.  W.  Conder,  Eastminster;  W.  S.  McRae,  Ellerbe; 
K.  E.  Bryson,  Hamlet;  A.  R.  Shaw,  Jr.,  Hopewell;  T.  L.  Kerns,  Hunters- 
ville;  W.  K.  Helms,  Locust;  F.  R.  Johnston,  Mallard  Creek;  P.  L.  Mc- 
Donald, Mark's  Creek;  P.  F.  Lee,  Marshville;  N.  O.  Alexander,  Matthews; 
A.  M.  Cathey,  McGee;  G.  J.  Whitener,  Monroe  First;  Lee  Mclnnis,  Mt. 
Carmel;  W.  L.  Plemmons,  Jr.,  Mulberry;  J.  Lacy  McLean,  Myers  Park; 
John  M.  Russell,  Newell;  D.  F.  Warner,  Norman;  W.  L.  Howie,  North 
Charlotte;  Ernest  Pressley,  Norwood;  W.  D.  Vanderburgh,  Pageland; 
J.  Howard  McCord,  Paw  Creek;  J.  W.  Flowe,  Philadelphia;  Adrian  E. 
Aman,  Plaza;  John  G.  Boyd,  Pleasant  Hill;  Henry  D.  Nevin,  Providence; 
G.  W.  Dry,  Ridgecrest;  W.  E.  Hood,  Robinson;  J.  C.  Watson,  Rourk; 
R.  W.  Blackwelder,  St.  Andrews;  J.  L.  Nance,  St.  Paul;  Joe  Black, 
Sardis;  H.  C.  Williams,  Sharon;  Robert  A.  Plyler,  Jr.,  Siler;  J.  H.  HTall 
South  Park;  J.  F.  Allen,  Star;  R.  Belk  Hovis,  Steele  Creek;  B.  F.  Kim- 
brell,  Stephenson;  Ralph  H.  Thomas,  Sugaw  Creek;  M.  L.  Harkey,  Jr., 
Sunset  Hills;  A.  R.  Pegram,  Tenth  Avenue;  H.  P.  Cathey,  Thomasboro; 
W.  D.  Turner,  Trinity;  Dr.  S.  H.  McCall,  Troy;  J.  C.  Richardson,  Turner; 
W.  L.  Wildermuth,  Wadesboro;  David  Hirst,  West  Avenue;  J.  E. 
Thompson,  Westminster;  R.  O.  Stillwell,  Westover  Hills;  C.  S.  Grossett, 
Williams  Memorial;  T.  A.  Greene,  Wilmore — 66. 

The  following  Ministers  were  introduced  to  the  Presbytery 
and  invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren :  Rev.  W.  S.  Boyce,  Rev. 
Andrew  Allen,  Rev.  Robert  Turner,  and  Rev.  J.  S.  Stokes. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  were 
introduced. 


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The  Assistant  Clerk  announced  that  a  quorum  was  pres- 
ent. 

The  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  was  elected  Stated  Clerk  pro-tem  in 
the  absence  of  the  Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  stated  clerk. 

Moderator  Elected — The  Rev.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  Modera- 
tor-Nominee was  elected  Moderator. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Arrangements — The  following  re- 
port of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements  was  read  and 
adopted : 

Your  Committee  on  Arrangements  recommends  that  the  Presbytery 
follow  the  printed  docket  with  the  following  modifications: 

1.  That  the  second  order  after  lunch  be  devoted  for  15  minutes  to  the 
sub-committee  on  World  Missions. 

2.  That  the  third  order  after  lunch  be  devoted  to  the  sub-committee 
on  Home  Missions,  Negro  Work  Division  to  hear  Mrs.  C.  W.  Tillett. 

3.  That  Presbytery  recess  for  lunch  at  1  P.M.  and  reconvene  at 
2  P.M. 

Rev.  W.  B.  Neill 
Rev.  J.  A.  Carriker 
Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr. 

THE  DOCKET 

1.  Opening  Exercises — Sermon  by  the  Retiring  Moderator,  Rev.  John 

A.  Carriker. 

2.  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper. 

3.  Memorials. 

4.  History  of  the  Robinson  Church,  Rev.  W.  B.  Neill. 

5.  Enrollment —  Members  of  the  Presbytery,  Visiting  Brethren,  Intro- 

duction of  Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time. 

6.  Election  of  Moderator — Rev.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  Nominee. 

7.  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements — Rev.  W.  B.  Neill. 

8.  Appointment  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Assembly's  Minutes. 

9.  Communications. 

10.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

11.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

12.  Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 


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13.  Report  of  Executive  and  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Presbytery's   Council — Mr.  Rufus  A.   Grier. 

2.  Ministerial  Education — Rev.  Roy  F.  Whitley. 

3.  Nominations — Rev.  James  A.  Jones. 

4.  Homes — Rev.  R.  A.  Young. 

14.  Report  of  Standing  Committees.     (See  8  above.) 

15.  Unfinished  Business.     (Manual  Changes  and  Suggestions  to  Com- 

mittee on  Cooperation  and  Union.) 

16.  New  Business.     (Amendments  to  the  Book  of  Church  Order.) 

17.  Place  of  Next  Meeting. 

18.  Nomination  of  Moderator.     (First  order  after  lunch.) 

19.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

20.  Adjournment. 

Appointment  of  Standing  Committees — The  following 
standing  Committees  were  appointed  by  the  Moderator. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures — Rev.  John  A.  Carriker,  Chairman,  Rev.  L.  I, 
Stell,  R.  S.  Abemathy,  J.  Lacy  McLean. 

2.  Installations — Rev.  T.  W.  McLean,  Chairman,  Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkin- 
son, Earl  B.  Clanton,  J.  W.  Flowe. 

3.  Judicial  Business — Rev.  C.  E.  S,  Kraemer,  Chairman,  Rev.  W.  M. 
Boyce,  Joe  Black,  H.  P.  Efird. 

4.  Resolutions — Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper,  Chairman,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  C.  R. 
Poole,  H.  C.  Williams. 

5.  Assembly's  Minutes — Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Chairman,  Rev.  W.  B. 
Neill,  F.  C.  Stanton,  Thomas  L.  Kerns. 

Communications — The  following  Communications  were 
read  and  disposed  of  as  indicated. 

1.  From  the  following  ministers  asking  to  be  excused  from  attend- 
ance on  this  meeting  of  Presbytery:  Rev.  J.  0.  Mann,  Rev.  G.  Dana 
Waters,  Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Re\  I.  H.  Rawles.  The  requests  were 
granted  and  Rev.  C.  G.  McClure  led  the  Presbytery  in  prayer  for  those 
who  were  ill. 

2.  From  the  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall  requesting  that  his  resignation  as  a 
member  of  the  Committee  on  Church  Extension  be  accepted.  His  re- 
quest was  granted  and  Rev.  Robert  Turner  was  named  as  his  successor. 

3.  From  the  Session  of  the  Troy  Church  requesting  permission  to 
raise  its  pastor's  salary  to  $3,600.00  a  year.     The  request  was  granted. 

4.  From  Chaplains  James  B.  Reaves  and  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  reporting 
on  the  progress  and  extent  of  their  work.  The  reports  were  received  as 
information  with  joy. 

5.  From  Mr.  J.  W.  Grier,  Jr.,  President  of  the  Men  of  the  Presbytery 
requesting  that  R.  S.  Abernathy  be  granted  the  privilege  of  making  an 
announcement  concerning  the  Men  of  the  Presbytery.  The  request  was 
granted  and  Mr.  Abernathy  spoke  to  the  Presbytery  announcing  the 
meeting  of  the  Men  to  be  held  in  Albemarle  First  Church  on  the  night 
of  October  26th. 


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Report  of  Committee  on  Nominations — The  Committee  on 
Nominations  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

OflBcers  of  the  Presbytery — Rev.  A  Leslie  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 
(1956),  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Executive  Secretary  (1956). 

Trustees — Presbytery:   1956 — Mr.  W.  H.  Abernathy.   (10th  Ave.) 

Commissions — The  Minister  and  His  Work:  1956 — Rev.  L.  L  Stell, 
Rev.  Russell  Kerr,  Mr.  A.  R.   Shaw   (Hopewell). 

Committees — Assembly's  Work — Sub  Committee  on  World  Missions: 
1956 — Rev.  H.  L.  Thomas,  Chairman;  Sub  Committee  on  Annuities  and 
Relief:  1956 — Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  Chairman;  Sub  Committee  on  Woman's 
Work:  1956 — Mr.  J.  W.  Russell  (Matthews);  Sub  Committee  on  As- 
sembly's Special  Causes:  1956 — Rev.  J.  S.  Garner,  Chairman. 

Church  Extension  (Chairman — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward);  Sub  Committee 
on  Christian  Relations:  1956 — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward;  Sub  Committee  on 
Evangelism:  1956 — Rev.  R.  G.  Balnickey.  Sub  Committee  on  Radio:  1956 — 
Mr.  Paul  B.  Marion  (Myers  Park);  1955 — Rev.  Carl  Miller,  Chairman; 
Sub  Committee  on  Home  Missions:  1956 — Rev.  I  Howard  Chadwick;  Mr. 
R.  A.  Grier,  Chairman;  Rev.  H.  S.  Schum;  Mrs.  C.  W.  Tillett  (Myers 
Park);  1954 — Rev.  Robert  Turner  (For  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall,  resigned). 

Education  (Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Chairman);  Sub  Committee  on  Education 
Institutions:  1956 — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce;  Sub  Committee  on  Campus  Chris- 
tian Life:  1956 — Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Chairman;  Sub  Committee  on 
Religious  Education:  1956 — Rev.  David  Wilkinson,  Mr.  J.  Norton  Strib- 
ling  (First,  Charlotte),  Mr.  B.  A.  Estridge  (Caldwell  Memorial),  1954— 
Rev.  Jas.  R.  Crook,  1955 — Rev.  Wylie  Hogue. 

Presbytery's  Council — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce — 1955 — Chairman;  1956 — 
Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  Rev.  L.  L  Stell,  Mr.  R.  Z.  Thomas  (Trinity);  1954— 
Rev.  W.  L.  Hall. 

Ministerial  Education  1956 — Rev.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence;  Rev.  G.  Dana 
Waters,  Chairman;  Mr.  H.  C.  Williams  (Sharon). 

Homes — 1956 — Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger;  Rev.  Kirk  Nesbit,  Chairman; 
Mr.  J.  David  Flowers  (West  Avenue);  1955 — Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn. 

Committee  on  Nominations  Elected — The  following  were 
elected  to  the  Committee  on  Nominations  class  of  1956,  Rev. 
C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  chairman,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper  and  J.  B. 
Kuykendall. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — The  Com- 
mittee on  Ministerial  Education  presented  the  following  young 
men  who  had  expressed  the  desire  to  be  taken  under  the  care 
of  the  Presbytery  as  candidates  for  the   Gospel   Ministry: 

Richard  Porter  Shaw  and  George  Woodside  Alexander  of  the 
Hopewell  Church;  Jerome  Fleischer  of  the  Wilmore  Church 
and  Robert  Smith  of  the  Rourk  Church.  Upon  the  recom- 
mendation of  the  Committee,  Presbytery  proceeded  to  ex- 
amine the  candidates  according  to  the  provisions  of  the  Book 


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of  Church  Order.  The  examination  was  sustained  as  satisfac- 
tory. The  Rev.  Charles  M.  Boyd  delivered  the  charge ;  the  Rev. 
H.  G.  Bedinger  led  in  prayer.  They  were  enrolled  as  candi- 
dates for  the  Gospel  Ministry  under  the  care  of  the  Presby- 
tery. 

Ministers  Received — The  following  Ministers  seeking 
membership  in  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  presented  certifi- 
cates of  transfer  from  other  Presbyteries:  The  Rev.  Watson 
S.  Boyce  from  East  Mississippi  Presbytery  and  the  Rev.  Rob- 
ert Turner  from  Concord  Presbytery.  The  certificates  were 
found  in  order  and  the  Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine  the 
Ministers  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of 
Church  Order.  The  examination  was  approved  as  satisfactory 
and  they  were  enrolled  as  members  of  Mecklenburg  Presby- 
tery upon  the  signing  of  the  Covenant. 

A  Call  from  the  Covenant  Church  was  placed  in  the  hands 
of  Rev.  Robert  Turner  and  was  accepted  by  him.  A  Commis- 
sion was  appointed  to  install  him  as  Associate  pastor. 

(See  Report  of  Committee  on  Installations) 

Next  Meeting — An  invitation  from  the  Session  of  the 
Covenant  Church  was  accepted  for  the  Winter  meeting  of 
Presbytery. 

Spring  Meeting — An  invitation  from  the  Session  of  the 
Williams  Memorial  Church  was  accepted  for  the  Spring  meet- 
ing of  Presbytery. 

Report  of  the  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His  Work — 

The  following  report  of  the  Commission  on  the  Minister  and 
His  Work  was  read  and  admitted  to  record: 

COMMISSION    ON    THE   MINISTER    AND    HIS    WORK 

Since  the  last  meeting:  of  Presbytery  your  commission  has  trans- 
acted the  following  business: 

1.  Approved  the  call  of  Rev.  Robert  Turner  as  associate  pastor  of 
the  Covenant  Church. 

2.  Approved  the  call  of  Ramah  Church  for  the  services  of  Mr.  Fred 
Holder,  senior  at  Union  Theological  Seminary. 

3.  Approved  the  request  of  Amity  Church  to  employ  Rev.  W.  H. 
Johnston  as  temporary  supply. 

4.  Approved  the  call  of  Robinson  Church  for  the  services  of  Rev. 
W.  B.  Neill  for  one  year. 


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5.  Approved  the  call  of  Newell  Church  for  the  services  of  Rev.  W.  M. 
Walsh  for  one  year. 

6.  Granted  the  transfer  of  Mr.  Harold  S.   Mace,  candidate,  to  the 
care  of  Second  Presbytery,  Associate  Reformed  Church. 

7.  Approved  the  Rev.  John  A.  Womeldorf  of  Princeton  West  Virginia 
for  call  by  the  Sunset  Hills  Church. 

8.  Approved  the  call  of  Star  for  the  services  of  Rev.  F.  C.  Wilkerson. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

Roswell  Long,  Chairman 


Call  Accepted — A  Call  from  the  Star  Presbyterian  Church 
was  placed  in  the  hands  of  the  Rev.  F.  C.  Wilkinson  and  was 
accepted  by  him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  to  install  him. 
(See  report  of  Committee  on  Installations) 

Report  of  Other  Commissions — The  following  reports  of 
Commissions  were  read  and  admitted  to  record. 

1.    Commission  to  Organize  Star  Church: 

The  Commission  to  organize  the  Star  Presbyterian  Church  met 
August  2,  1953,  at  7:00  P.M.  at  the  Star  Church.  The  meeting  was 
called  to  order  by  the  Moderator,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  and  Elder  John  Ray 
Maness  led  in  tlie  opening  prayer.  The  members  of  the  Commission 
present  were  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman,  Rev.  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  Rev. 
R.  G.  Balnickey,  and  Elders  S.  H.  McCall,  Sr.,  and  John  Ray  Maness. 
Rev.  F.  C.  Wilkinson  was  elected  Clerk  of  the  Commission. 

Twelve  members  were  received  by  letter  and  three  by  Profession  of 
Faith.  The  following  were  received  by  letter  from  the  Biscoe  Presby- 
terian Church: 

Mr.  John  Franklin  Allen,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Herbert  Brown,  Mrs.  Arline 
B.  Brown,  Mrs.  E.  L.  (Mary)  Dameron,  Mrs.  T.  L.  Maness,  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  A.  K.  McDonald. 

Mrs.  Faye  Hodges  Reynolds  by  letter  from  Banner  Elk  Presby- 
terian Church. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  G.  K.  Aderholt,  Sr.,  by  letter  from  Albemarle  First 
Church,  and  Mrs.  Jean  Maness  Allen  by  letter  from  Macedonia  Church, 
Candor,  N.  C.  Mrs.  Mildred  Huntley  was  received  pending  her  appear- 
ance before  the  Session. 

Mr.  Barney  Allen  and  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Hubert  Allen  were  then  received 
on  Profession  of  Faith. 

Rev.  R.  G.  Balnickey  lead  in  prayer  at  their  reception. 

Anyone  coming  into  the  Church  by  November  26,  1953,  would  be  con- 
sidered as  Charter  Members.     This  date  was   set  by  the   Commission. 

Rev.  F.  C.  Wilkinson  was  asked  to  baptize  the  new  members.  Mr. 
Horace  McCall  was  asked  to  charge  the  new  officers  and  Rev.  R.  G. 
Balnickey  was  asked  to  charge  the  congregation. 


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The  Commission  joined  the  congregation  in  a  worship  service.  Rev. 
R.  G.  Balnickey  preached  a  sermon  entitled:  "A  Spirit  Filled  Church  is  a 
Growing  Church"  and  his  text  was  taken  from  Acts  2:42. 

After  the  sermon,  the  Moderator  stated  the  purpose  of  the  Com- 
mission. Rev.  F.  C.  Wilkinson  read  the  names  of  those  received  by 
letter  and  baptized  those  coming  on  profession  of  faith. 

A  motion  was  made  and  carried  that  the  congregation  elect  3  Elders. 
Mr.  John  Franklin  Allen,  Mr.  Herbert  Brown,  and  Mr.  G.  K.  Aderholt, 
Sr.,  were  elected  Elders. 

A  motion  was  then  made  and  carried  to  elect  two  (2)  Deacons  by 
acclamation;  Mr.  Barney  Allen  and  Mr.  Hubert  Allen. 

The  Moderator  propounded  the  Constitutional  questions  to  the  new 
officers  and  with  the  exception  of  Mr.  G.  K.  Aderholt,  Sr.,  who  was  not 
present,  the  Presbytery  ordained  and  installed  the  new  officers  by  the 
laying  on  of  hands.  Mr.  Stone  lead  the  ordination  prayer.  Mr.  Horace 
McCall  charged  the  new  officers,  and  Rev.  R.  G.  Balnickey  charged  the 
congregation.  The  Moderator  pronounced  and  declared  them  regularly 
elected,  ordained  and  installed  as  Ruling  Elders  and  Deacons  of  the 
Presbyterian  Church,  U.  S.,  according  to  the  Word  of  God  and  our  Con- 
stitution.    The  Presbytery  greeted  the  new  officers. 

A  motion  was  made  and  carried  to  name  the  Church,  "The  Star 
Presbyterian  Church." 

The  Moderator  pronounced  and  declared  that  the  congregation  was 
duly  constituted  and  organized  as  a  Presbyterian  Church,  U.  S.,  and 
according  to  the  Book  of  Church  Order. 

The  Commission  met  to  review  the  minutes,  which  were  approved 
after  revision  by  the  Clerk.  The  Commission  adjourned  with  prayer  by 
the  Moderator. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

Frank  C.  Wilkinson,  Clerk  of  Commission 

2.    Commission  to  Install  Rev.  I.  Howard  Chadwick : 

The  Commission  appointed  to  install  Reverend  Howard  Chadwick 
pastor  of  Westminster  Presbyterian  Church  met  in  the  Veterans'  Cen- 
ter, 1019  E.  Morehead  Street,  temporary  church  home  of  the  congrega- 
tion, at  7:50  P.M.  on  September  20,  1953.  The  Chairman  of  the  Com- 
mission, Dr.  H.  V.  Carson,  opened  the  meeting  with  prayer.  R.  A.  Grier 
was  appointed  secretary.  Other  members  present  were:  Dr.  J.  A. 
Jones,  Dr.  W.  M.  Boyce  and  Elder  Phillip  F.  Howerton. 

The  Commission  then  united  with  the  congregation  in  a  service  of 
worship  led  by  the  Chairman,  Dr.  H.  V.  Carson.  The  sermon  from  the 
text:  John  20:21  was  preached  by  Dr.  James  A.  Jones,  who  used  as  his 
theme  "The  Mission  for  which  we  are  meant."  The  Constitutional 
questions  propounded  by  the  chairman  having  been  answered  affirma- 
tively by  pastor  and  people,  the  declaration  of  installation  was  made 
by  Dr.  Carson.  The  charge  to  the  pastor  was  given  by  Dr.  W.  M. 
Boyce.  The  charge  to  the  congregation  was  made  by  Elder  Phillip  F. 
Howerton.  The  benediction  was  pronounced  by  the  newly  installed 
pastor.  Rev.  Howard  Chadwick. 

While  the  officers  and  members  of  the  congregation  were  greeting 
the  new  pastor,  the  Commission  retired,  reviewed  and  approved  the 
minutes  and  adjourned  with  prayer  by  Dr.  W.  M.  Boyce. 

H.  V.  Carson,  Chairman 
R.  A.  Grier,   Secretary 


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Report  of  Presbytery's  Council — The  following  report  of 
Presbytery's  Council  was  read  and  adopted: 

We  recommend: 

1.  That  Presbytery  commend  the  Scholarship  Fund  to  all  the 
Churches  and  that  the  Council  be  appointed  the  Agency  to  receive 
funds. 

2.  That  Presbytery  appoint  a  Committee  to  harmonize  the  districts 
of  Presbytery  so  that  those  of  the  Men  of  the  Church,  the  Women  of 
the  Church  and  the  Young  People  of  the  Church  would  coincide. 

3.  That  Presbytery  appoint  a  special  Committee  to  study  the  pro- 
posed changes  to  the  Book  of  Church  Order  and  present  them  to  the 
Winter  Meeting. 

Rufus  A.  Grier 

Report  of  Committee  on  Homes — The  report  of  the  Com- 
mittee on  Homes  was  read  and  received  as  information. 

Negro  Work — Mrs.  Charles  W.  Tillett  addressed  the  Pres- 
bytery on  the  work  with  Negroes  in  the  Double  Oaks  section. 
Presbytery  expressed  its  thanks  for  her  work  by  a  rising  vote. 

Recess — Presbytery  recessed  for  lunch  at  1  P.M.  and  was 
led  in  prayer  by  Rev.  Stewart  W.  Yandle.  Our  Chaplains  were 
remembered  in  the  prayer. 

AFTERNOON  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  at  2  P.M.  and  was  led  in  prayer  by 
the  Rev.  D.  K.  Snyder. 

Moderator  Nominated — The  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper  was 
elected  Moderator  Nominee  for  the  next  meeting  of  Presby- 
tery. 

Special  Committee  Appointed — A  Special  Committee  was 
appointed  to  study  the  changes  proposed  for  the  Book  of 
Church  Order.  The  Committee  is  as  follows :  Rev.  S.  M.  Inman, 
chairman,  Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  W.  D.  Van- 
derburgh, Arthur  R.  Craig  and  R.  S.  Abernathy,  Jr. 

Report  of  Sub-Committee  on  World  Missions — The  Report 
of  the  Sub-Committee  on  World  Missions  was  read  and  the 
following  recommendations  were  adopted: 

1.  That  Presbytery  call  the  attention  of  all  our  churches  and  ses- 
sions to  the  fact  that  there  is  no  special  season  of  world  missions  study 
and  self-denial  during  this  nine-months  church  year  and  that  all 
churches  be  urged  to  keep  the  cause  before  their  people. 


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2.  That  Presbytery  endorse  the  plan  to  have  the  World  Mission 
Season  emphasis  period  February  1  to  March  7,  1954. 

3.  That  the  Week  of  Prayer  and  Self-Denial  for  World  Missions 
be  observed  in  every  church  in  the  Presbytery  from  February  28  to 
March  7,  1954,  and  that  all  Sessions  be  urged  to  arrange  for  supple- 
mental offerings  in  the  churches. 

4.  That  all  church  organizations  plan  to  use  the  material  prepared 
with  its  theme  "The  Life  and  Task  of  the  Church  Around  the  World" 
for  study. 

5.  That  clothing  collections  continue  throughout  the  year  the  same 
to  be  dispatched  overseas  directly  to  our  missionaries  or  through  Church 
World  Service. 

6.  That  the  attention  of  the  churches  of  Presbytery  be  drawn  to 
the  special  Easter  Offering  for  Overseas  Relief  and  Inter-Church  aid, 
April  18,  1954. 

7.  That  Presbytery  with  the  assistance  of  Presbyterial  seek  to  secure 
special  speakers  during  the  mission  emphasis  month  where  possible 
and  that  such  speakers  address  groups  of  churches  if  such  can  be 
arranged. 

Sincerely, 

Crosby  A.  Dunn 
Harold  D.  Hayward 
Sub-Committee  on  World  Missions 

Resolution  Adopted — The  following  Resolution  was  read 
and  adopted: 

That  the  Stated  Clerk  of  the  Presbytery  be  instructed  to  send  the 
Committee  on  Co-operation  and  Union  the  suggested  changes  which 
have  already  been  voted  upon  as  the  action  of  Mecklenburg  Pres- 
bytery. 

That  the  Stated  Clerk  be  instructed  to  receive  every  additional 
suggestion  of  change  from  every  member  of  Presbytery  and  every 
member  of  each  church  in  the  Presbytery  and  forward  these  to  the 
Committee  on  Co-operation  and  Union  with  the  earnest  hope  of  Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery  that  each  suggestion  of  change  be  given  prayerful 
and  careful  consideration  by  the  Committee  on  Co-operation  and  Union. 

That  this  method  of  procedure  be  instead  of  any  further  discussion 
of  or  voting  upon  suggested  changes  in  the  Plan  of  Union  at  this 
meeting  of  Presbytery.  All  suggestions  to  be  in  not  later  than  Oc- 
tober 27th. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Installations — The  following  re- 
port of  the  Committee  on  Installation  was  read  and  adopted: 

To  install  the  Rev.  Frank  C.  Wilkinson  as  pastor  of  the  Star  Presby- 
terian Church,  November  1,  1953,  at  7:30  P.M.  Rev.  George  Fletcher  to 
preside;  Rev.  Richard  Laurens  to  preach  the  sermon;  Rev.  J.  W.  Stork 
to  charge  the  pastor;  Rev.  R.  G.  Balnickey  alternate;  Elder  J.  E. 
Maness  to  charge  the  congregation  and  Elder  R.  H.  Dennis,  Alternate. 

To  install  the  Rev.  Robert  Turner  as  associate  pastor  of  Covenant 
Presbyterian  Church,  November  1,  1953,  at  7:30  P.M. 


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Rev.  Lawrence  L  Stell  to  preside;  Rev.  James  A.  Jones  to  preach; 
Dr.  J.  O.  Mann  to  charge  the  pastor;  Rev.  Howard  Chadwick  to  charge  the 
congregation;  Alternate,  Rev.  Sam  Inman.  Elders  W.  E.  Price,  Alternate 
Rufus  A.  Grier.  Rev.  Albert  McClure  of  Concord  Presbytery  to  be  a 
part  of  the  Commission. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Resolutions — The  Committee  on 
Resolutions  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery  in  its  fall  meeting  at  Robinson  Presby- 
terian Church  wishes  to  express  its  gratitude  to  God  for  His  continued 
blessing  upon  the  work  of  this  Church,  under  the  able  and  consecrated 
leadership  of  its  fine  pastor,  the  Rev.  W.  B.  Neill,  manifested  particularly 
during  the  erection  of  the  new  Church. 

Presbytery  also  wishes  to  express  its  appreciation  to  the  ladies  of 
the  congregation  for  the  delicious  dinner. 

We  request  that  the  pastor  convey  to  the  congregation  thanks  for 
their  hospitality  and  to  assure  them  of  its  prayers. 

Edward  B.  Cooper,   Chairman 

Report  of  Committee  on  General  Assembly's  Minutes — The 

Committee  on  the  General  Assembly's  Minutes  made  the  fol- 
lowing report  which  was  adopted: 

The  two  directions  to  the  Presbyteries  concerning  The  Study  of  the 
Proposed  Plan  of  Union  and  The  Change  in  The  Confession  of  Faith 
touching  Marriage  and  Divorce  are  being  followed  in  this  Presbytery. 
No  errors  in  the  content  of  General  Assembly's  Minutes  have  been  ob- 
served by  the  Committee  or  reported  to  it. 

Watt  M.  Cooper,  Chairman 

Insurance  Benefits — The  Executive  Secretary  was  in- 
structed to  write  to  the  Sessions  and  the  Board  of  Deacons  of 
each  church  informing  them  of  the  benefits  of  the  insurance 
plan  offered  by  our  church  to  Ministers  and  their  families.  The 
Sub-Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief  was  instructed  to  ad- 
vise in  the  matter  of  Annuities  and  Insurance. 

The  Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

Presbytery  adjourned  with  prayer  led  by  the  Rev.  J.  S. 
Garner,  to  meet  at  the  Covenant  Presbyterian  Church,  Char- 
lotte, N.  C,  at  9  A.M.,  January  19,  1954. 

J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  Moderator 


R.  H.  Stone,  Stated  Clerk,  Pro-tem 
B.  F.  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


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MINUTES 
of 

MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 


203rd  Stated  Meeting 

Covenant  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  19,  1954 


204th  Stated  Session 

Williams  Memorial  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

April  20,  1954 


Next  Stated  Session 

McQuay  Memorial  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

July  20,  1954 


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MINUTES 

of 

MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 

Volume  I  Number  1 


203rd  Stated  Meeting 

Covenant  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  19,   1954 


204th  Stated  Session 

Williams  Memorial  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

April  20,   1954 


Next  Stated  Session 
McQuay  Memorial  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
July  20,  1954 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


DOCKET  SCHEDULE 


WINTER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Records  of  Presbytery 

(c)  Education 

(d)  Assembler's  Work 

(e)  Ministerial  Education 
Election  of  Commissioners  to 

General  Assembly 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SPRING  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Church  Extension 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Presbytery's  Council 

(d)  Sessional  Records 

(e)  Synod's  Minutes 
Reports  of  Treasurers  and 

Trustees 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SUMMER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Records  of  Presbytery 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 

Adjourn 


FALL  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Assembly's  Minutes 

(d)  Nominations 

(e)  Homes 

New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


The  Stated  Session  of  Presbytery  convenes  at  9 :00  A.  M.  on 
the  third  Tuesday  in  each  quarter. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


DIRECTORY 


OFFICERS  OF  THE  PRESBYTERY 

Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Moderator  of  Winter  Meeting 
Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Moderator  of  Spring  Meeting 
Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk  (1955) 
Rev.  B.  Frank  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk  (1954) 
Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk  (1956) 
Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Executive  Secretary  (1956) 


TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected  for  Four  Years: 

1954 — Mr.  George  S.  Crouch;  Mr.  H.  W.  Moore,  Charlotte; 

Rev.  W.  L.  Hall 
1955 — Rev.  Jas.  A.  Jones,  Mr.  I.  W.  Stewart,  Charlotte 

Presbytery — 

1954— Mr.  Thomas  C.  Ruff,  Charlotte 
1955 — Mr.  John  S.  Cansler,  Chairman 
1956— Mr.  W.  H.  Abernathy,  Charlotte 


COMMISSIONS 

The  Minister  and  His  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long 

1955 — Rev.  R.  C.  Long,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Mr.  James  Williams 
1954— Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson,  Rev.  C.  G.  McClure,  Mr.  Walter  Fraley 
1956— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Mr.  A.  R.  Shaw 


COMMITTEES 

Assembly's  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff 

Sub  Committee  on  World  Missions 

1954 — Mr.  Crosby  Dunn 

1955— Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff 

1956 — Rev.  H.  L.  Thomas,  Chairman 

Sub  Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief 

1954 — Mr.  A.  A.  Porter 

1955 — Rev.  A.  T.  Taylor 

1956 — Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  Chairman 

Sub  Committee  on  Woman's  Work 

1954— Rev.  M.  G.  Lyerly 

1955 — Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  Chairman 

1956— Mr.  J.  W.  Russell 

Sub  Committee  on  Assembly's  Special  Causes 

1954— Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy 

1955— Mr.  C.  W.  Wilson 

1956 — Rev.  J.  S.  Garner,  Chairman 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Church  Extension: 

Chairman — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 
Sub  Committee  on  Christian  Relations 
1954— Mr.  G.  D.  Aitken 
1955 — Rev.  W.  A.  Gamble,  Chairman 
1956— Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 
Sub  Committee  on  Evangelism 
1954— Rev.  W.  R.  Price,  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper 
1955— Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman;  Dr.  Hamilton  W.  McKay 
1956— Rev.  R.  G.  Balnicky 
Sub  Committee  on  Radio 
1954— Rev.  B.  F.  Moore 
1955— Rev.  C.  S.  Miller,  Chairman 
1956 — Mr.  Paul  B.  Marion 
Sub  Committee  on  Home  Missions 

1954— Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Mr.  Irwin  Belk,  Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson 
1955— Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller,  Mr.  W.  E.  Price,  Mr.  C.  W.  Gilchrist 
1956 — Rev.  I.  H.  Chadwick;  Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier,  Chairman; 
Rev.  H.  S.  Schum;  Mrs.  C.  W.  Tillett 

Education : 

Chairman — Rev.  L.  I.  Stell 

Sub  Committee  on  Education  Institutions 

1954— Rev.  R.  C.  Long,  Chairman;  Dr.  T.  D.  Sparrow 

1955— Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  J.  W.  Thomson 

1956— Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

Sub  Committee  on  Campus  Christian  Life 

1954— Mr.  John  Otts 

1955— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 

1956 — Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Chairman 

Sub  Committee  on  Religious  Education 

1954 — Mr.  J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Chairman;  Rev.  M.  B.  Prince, 

Rev.  J.  R.  Crook 
1955— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle,  Rev.  S.  W.  Hogue 
Ex-Officio— Pres.  of  S.  S.  S.  Asso.— Mr.  Alex  McMillan 

Presbyterial  Chairman  of  Ed. — Mrs.  J.  R.  Nisbet 
Pres.  Men  of  Presbytery — Mr.  J.  W.  Grier,  Jr. 
Pres.  of  Youth  Fellowship — John  Kimbril 
1956— Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  Mr.  J.  N.  Stribling,  Mr.  B.  A.  Estridge 

Presbytery's  Council: 

Chairman — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

1954_Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Mr.  R.  L.  Price,  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall 

1955— Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Mr.  C.  G.  Sellers 

Ex-Officio— The  Moderator  and  the  Stated  Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The    President    and    Treasurer    Women    of    the    Church 

1956— Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Mr.  R.  Z.  Thomas 

Ministerial  Education: 

Chairman — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters 

1954— Rev.  H.  V.  Carson,  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan,  Mr.  Paul  Frye 

1955— Rev.  W.  M.  Walsh,  Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson,  Mr.  P.  F.  Howerton 

1956 — Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters,  Mr.  H.  C.  Williams 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Homes: 

Chairman — Rev.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit 

1954— Rev.  J.  G.  Kirkhoff,  Rev.  Milos  Strupl,  Mr.  J.  B.  Watt 
1955— Rev.  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  Mr.  D.  G.  Kimbrell,  Rev.  R.  W.  Raybum 
1956— Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Rev.  K.  N.  Nesbit,  Mr.  J.  David  Flowers 

Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 

1954— Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson,  Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Mr.  Harrell  Auten 

1955 — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters,  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper,  Mr.  T.  M. 

Blackwelder 
1956— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Mr.  J.  B. 

Kuykendall 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  MINISTERS 

1. 

J.  W.  Grier 

51.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  D.D. 

2. 

C.  H.  Little 

52.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  D.D. 

3. 

Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  Th.D. 

53.  Carl  S.  Miller 

4. 

M.  E.  Peabody 

54.  Ben  F.Moore 

5. 

W.  H.  Johnston 

55.  Watt  M.  Cooper 

6. 

J.  C.  McGehee 

56.  H.  V.  Carson,  D.D. 

7. 

B.  Frank  Yandell 

57.  Harold  D.  Hayward,  Th.D. 

8. 

W.  C.  Copeland 

58.  G.Dana  Waters 

9. 

J.  C.  Grier 

59.  Olin  M.  Whitener 

10. 

T.  R.  Alexander 

60.  W.  J.  Huneycutt 

11. 

A.  T.  Taylor 

61.  Samuel  H.  Zealy 

12. 

M.  B.  Prince,  Jr. 

62.  W.  B.  McSwain 

13. 

H.  C.  Carmichael 

63.  Roy  E.  Hoke,  Ph.D. 

14. 

W.  B.  NeiU 

64.  F.  C.  Wilkinson 

15. 

C.  D.  Whiteley,  D.D. 

65.  D.  E.  Wilkinson 

16. 

R.  A.  Young,  D.D. 

66.  E.  B.  Cooper 

17. 

Chas.  M.  Boyd,  D.D. 

67.  IraH.  Rawles 

18. 

A.  L.  Roberts 

68.  Lawrence  I.  Stell,  D.D. 

19. 

Daniel  K.  Snyder 

69.  J.  Gilbert  Kirkhoff 

20. 

T.  H.  Mitchell 

70.  M.G.Lyerly 

21. 

W.  T.  Smith 

71.  R.  W.  Rayburn 

22. 

Jas.  A.  Jones,  D.D. 

72.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr. 

23. 

Jno.  R.  Rosebro,  D.D. 

73.  Hugh  Pollard 

24. 

F.  R.  McAlister 

74.  W.  M.  Boyce,  D.D. 

25. 

R.  H.  Stone,  D.D. 

75.  Russell  M.  Kerr 

26. 

E.  L.  Flanagan 

76.  C.  H.  McLean 

27. 

Robert  F.  Boyd,  Th.D. 

77.  J.  B.  Reaves 

OQ 

Frederick  C.  Debele,  Jr. 

78.  Geo.  A.  Fletcher 

29! 

Chas  G.  McClure,  D.D. 

79.  R.G.Laurens 

30. 

Sam  M.  Inman 

80.  Robert  G.  Balnicky 

31. 

J.  0.  Mann,  D.D. 

81.  Stewart  W.  Yandle 

B2. 

F.  Clyde  Pratt 

82.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

33. 

Jonas  Barclay 

83.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit 

34. 

W.  M.  Walsh,  D.D. 

84.  B.F.Ferguson 

35. 

F.  S.  Johnston 

85.  James  R.  Crook 

36. 

Samuel  McP.  Glasgow,  D.D. 

86.  Milos  Strupl 

37. 

A.  Leslie  Thompson 

87.  Sheldon  A.  Kosey 

38. 

Wm.  A.  Gamble 

88.  Crawford  White 

39. 

Roy  F.  Whitley,  Th.D. 

89.  J.  S.  Garner 

40. 

Chas.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  D.D. 

90.  H.  S.  Schum 

41. 

C.  C.  McNeill,  D.D. 

9L  S.  WylieHogue 

42. 

Warner  L.  Hall,  Ph.D. 

92.  W.G.  Workman,  Ph.D. 

43. 

T.  W.  MacLean 

93.  C.  McD.  Coffey 

44. 

Homer  A.  Spencer 

94.  I.  Howard  Chadwick 

45. 

Jno.  A.  Carriker 

95.  W.  S.  Boyce 

46. 

Henry  S.  Robinson 

96.  Robert  Turner 

47. 
48. 

S.  M.  Hutchison 
C.  H.  Rowan 

97.  Andrew  A.  Allen 

49. 

R.  C.  Long,  D.D. 

98.  Dwight  L.  Barker 

50. 

D.  S.  Chalabie 

99.  Richard  V.  Colen 

MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  CHURCHES 


Churches 

Albemarle  First- 


Clerk  of  Session 

H.  P.  Morrow 

S.  5th  St. 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Albemarle  Second S.  A.  Boaz,  Jr. 

Albemarle,  N.  C. 


Altan J.  A.  Lowery 

Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Amay  James Edgar  Goodwin 

504  E.  Boundry 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Amity J.  C.  Kuck 

Rt.  1,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Avondale J.  E.  Kimbirl 

2820  Sunset  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Badin F.  L.  Marbry 

Badin,  N.  C. 

Banks Sam  Kell,  Jr. 

Box  206,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Benton  Heights Jack  Morrison 

601  Griffin  St. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Bethany Roy  Snipes 

Welch  Ave. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Bethel J.  W.  Knox,  Rt.  2 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 

Bethlehem Buford  A.  Price 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Beulah E.  H.  Webb 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Biscoe C.  R.  Poole 

Biscoe,  N.  C. 

Brainerd Marvin  McGill 

East  Rockingham,  N.  C 

Caldwell  Memorial R.  V.  Mason 

811  E.  Morehead 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Camden D.  E.  Phillips 

Rt.3 

Wadesboro,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

J.  T.  Boysworth 
Rt.  2 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 

C.  O.  Josey 
Albemarle  Radio  Co. 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Odus  Doster 

Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Sarah  Reid 
Rt.  4,  Box  332 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

James  P.  Sample 
Rt.  2,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

W.  H.  Sitton 

1321  Ordermore  Drive 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  E.  Beck 
Badin,  N.  C. 

F.  Parks  Stephenson,  Jr. 
Rt.  2,  Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

Neal  Tucker 
1108  Cherry  St. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Roy  Snipes 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

H.  B.  Knox 

Cornelius,  N.  C. 

Buford  A.  Price 
Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

R.  L.  Long 

Rt.  3,  Pageland,  S.  C. 

J.  Edgar  Maness 
Biscoe,  N.  C. 

D.  A.  McGill 

.East  Rockingham,  N.  C. 

R.   H.   Crockford 
2117   McClintock   Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Miss  Ethel  Hildreth 
Rt.3 
Wadesboro,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Cameronian M.  C.  McKenzie 

Rt.  3 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Camp  Greene J.  O.  Hawfield 

2418  Remount  Road 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Candor D.  C.  Ewing,  Jr. 

Candor,  N.  C. 

Central  Steele  Creek  _-.-.R.  R.  Grier 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Charlotte  First T.  P.  Graham 

815  Lamar  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Clanton  Memorial E.  B.  Clanton 

Rt.  3 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Commonwealth E.  H.  Austin 

1240  Greenwood  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Community Pink  Sutton 

Mill  St. 

Hannah  Pickett 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Cooks  Memorial-j. Crosby  A.  Dunn 

Rt.  9,  Box  746 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Cornelius R.  A.  Atwell 

Cornelius,  N.  C. 

Covenant J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr. 

1000  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Eastminster E.  C.  Williamson 

1632  Westbury  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

East  Monroe  Grady  Williams 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

EUerbe  First W.  S.  McRae 

Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

Hamlet  First S.  O.  Bauersf eld 

410  Entwistle  St. 
Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Hawley  Memorial Carlton  Billingsley 

Box  71,  Polkton,  N.  C. 

Hopewell Joe  L.  Puckett,  Sr. 

Rt.  1 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Hollis  Gillis 
Rt.  3 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 

James  Major 
1741  Evergreen  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
K.  A.  McLeod 

Candor,  N.  C. 

T.  M.  Blackwelder 
Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 

W.  N.  Ward 
202  W.  Trade  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Glen  Connell 
Peterson  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  M.  Fleetwood,  Jr. 
5000  Elder  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Carl  Henry 

Hannah  Pickett 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Tom  Smith,  Jr. 
Rt.  6,  Box  789D 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  E.  Baxter 
Cornelius,  N.  C. 

W.  A.  Montgomery 
1000  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  A.  Carriker,  Jr. 
2800  Shenandoah  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

W.  J.  Metelli 
1005  Calhoun  St. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 
R.  W.  Carriker 
Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

John  S.  Williamson 
Pinecroft  Industries 
Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  E.  F.  Billingsley 
Box  84,  Polkton,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Whitley 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


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Churches  Clerk  of  Session  Treasurer 

Huntersville -E.  F.  Kumm  J.  Mike  Dwyer 

Box  115  Huntersville,  N.  C. 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 

Indian  Hill R.  F.  Furr  M.  E.  Brattain 

Rt.  1,  Oakboro,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Indian  Trail E.  J.  Stinson  J.  W.  Shaffer 

Rt.  1  Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Locust T.  M.  Hartsell  Worth  Little 

Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C.  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Macedonia J.  R.  Maness  Daniel  J.  McCaskill 

Rt.  1,  Biscoe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1.,  Candor,  N.  C. 

Mallard  Creek W.  B.  Bingham  John  M.  Foster 

Rt.  7,  Box  612  Rt.  10 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Marks  Creek C.  0.  McRae  H.  C.  McRae 

Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Marshville F.  C.  Efird  Mrs.  C.  A.  Bolt 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C.  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Marston A.  W.  McKay  W.  D.  McKay 

Cognac,  N.  C.  Marston,  N.  C. 

Matthews N.  0.  Alexander  W.  R.  Freeman 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C.  Matthews,  N.  C. 

McGee N.  C.  Long  Leroy  Lakey 

314  N.  Hoskin  Ave.  Rt.  9 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

McLean .W.  M.  Lovin  J.  F.  McCaskill,  Jr. 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

McQuay  Memorial J.  C.  Reid,  Jr.  Jack  M.  Threatt 

1222  S.  Bigham  St.  3218  Tuckaseegee  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Monroe  First W.  H.  Morrison  Virgil  Henderson 

Wadesboro  Rd.  429  Wadesboro  Ave. 

Monroe,  N.  C.  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Morgan  Memorial Rafe  Williams  Sybil  Huneycutt 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C.  Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Morris  Field William  D.  Loy,  Jr.  Herbert  Lee  Hargett 

1808  Fleetwood  Rd.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Charlotte,  N.  C.          110  Stonewall  Jackson  Homes 

Morven W.  E.  Steagall  R.  M.  Hardison 

Morven,  N.  C.  Morven,  N.  C. 

Mt.  Carmel M.  Lee  Mclnnis  J.  C.  Comer 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 


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New  Salem 

Newell 

Norman 

North  Charlotte- 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Mt.  Gilead R.  A.  McRae 

Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Mulberry D.  H.  Dunn 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Myers  Park J.  Lacy  McLean 

2024  Beverly  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Nevin G.  T.  Brown 

C.M.R.  544 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

0.  L.  Efird 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

— -S.  B.  Wilson 
Newell,  N.  C. 

C.  E.  Martin 

Norman,  N.  C. 

Joe  W.  Hardison 

1632  Academy  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Norwood R.  B.  Winchester 

Norwood,  N.  C. 
Oakboro E.  O.  Ross 

Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 
Pageland H.  H.  Houston 

Pageland,  S.  C. 
Park  Avenue Virgil  Bratton 

Box  31 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Paw  Creek R.  W.  Summerville 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Pee  Dee J.  V.  Ussery 

Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 
Philadelphia E.  Ross  Cathey 

Rt.  3,  Matthews.  N.  C. 
Pineville Roy  G.  Starnes 

Pineville,  N.  C. 
Plaza C.  A.  Kirkpatrick 

1315  Matheson 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Pleasant  Hill C.  L.  Choate 

Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
Providence James  A.  Blakeney 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Ramah ^j.  G.  Caldwell 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

R.  L.  Martin 
Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Tom  Wilson 

Rt.  5,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Ross 

2501   Oxford  Place 

Charlotte  4,  N.  C. 

Robert  Ritchie 
C.M.R.  544 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  C.  Moore 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Wilbur  X.  Yerton 
Box  28,  Newell,  N.  C. 

John  Gallimore 
Norman,  N.  C. 

W.  L.  Howie 
912  Anderson  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Miss  Va.  Barnhardt 
Norwood,  N.  C. 
Miss  Viola  Ross 
Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 
H.  H.  Houston,  Jr. 
Pageland,  S.  C 
William  Wicker 
Rt.2 
Hamlet,  N.  C. 

E.  B.  Johnston 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Mrs.  C.  W.  Ussery 
Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 
James  H.  Black 
Rt.  3,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Robt.  C.  Hair 
Pineville,  N.  C. 

F.  R.  Freeman 
2819   Temple   Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

A.  M.  Thompson 
Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
N.  C.  Grier 
Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C- 

C.  D.  Bradford 
Rt.  1 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 


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Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Rehoboth F.  Albert  Gordon 

Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Ridgecrest G.  S.  Furr 

Rt.  3 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Robinson Perry  C.  Hood 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Rockingham  First C.  R.  McNair 

Box  416 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Rourk J.  C.  Watson 

Route  3 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

St.  Andrews J.  W.  Craig,  Jr. 

2121  Rozzelle  Fer.  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
St.  Paul E.  D.  Jackson 

2621  Shenandoah  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Salem George  Watts 

Rt.  1,  Pageland,  S.  C. 
Sardis L.  H.  Pharr 

P.  0.  Box  4033 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Seigle  Avenue Morris  P.  Plyler 

900  Leigh  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Selwyn  Avenue I.  G.  Wallace,  Jr. 

205  Wales  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Sharon E.  F.  Smith 

Rt.3. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Siler R.  A.  Plyler 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
Six  Mile  Creek J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 
Smallwood David  Cameron 

401  Seldon  Drive 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
South  Park- G.  Dewey  Kluttz 

600  Marsh  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Steele  Creek L.  W.  Brown 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Star  J.  F.  Allen 

Box  171 

Star,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Miss  Hope  Sims 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Mary  Lee  Lambert 

Rt.  1 

Stanfield,  N.  C. 

J.  C.  Dulin 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Charles  Jamerson 

Cordova,  N.  C. 

Lester  M.  Smith 
Cordova,  N.  C. 

A.  A.  Clark 

1913  Greene  Blvd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  Hoyle  Long,  Jr. 

2504  Laburnum  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Lawrence  Phillips 

Rt.  1,  Pageland,  S.  C. 

C.  B.  Baird 

Rt.  2,  Sardis  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  B.  Schulken 

832  Seigle  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  E.  Elrod 

2921  Westfield  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  C.  Sullivan,  Jr. 

2230  Dickens  St. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Fleet  Davis 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

R.  L.  Shields 

110  N.  Gardner  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Frank  F.  White 

316  Melbourn  Ct. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  F.  Bigham 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Barna  Allen 

Box   83 

Star,  N.  C. 


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Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Stephenson ^W.  M.  Pressley 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Sugaw  Creek J.  P.  Robinson 

1324  Biltmore  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Sunset  Hills Charles  C.  Harkins 

605  Magnolia  Ave. 
Charlotte.  N.  C. 

Tenth  Avenue C.  L.  Elliott 

727  W.  Trade  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C, 

Thomasboro H.  P.  Cathey 

322  Hovis  Cr. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Trinity Harold  K.  Couch 

Rt.2 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Troy S.  H.  McCall,  Jr. 

Troy,  N.  C. 

Turner J.  C.  Richardson 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Unionville J.  V.  Mullis 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Wadesboro F.  P.  Boylin 

Wadesboro,  N.  C. 

Walkersville C.  L.  McCain 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Waxhaw T.  R.  Nisbet 

Box  217 
Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

West  Avenue H.  Morrison  Irwin,  Jr. 

1654  Sterling  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westminster Paul  C.  Thompson 

725  Hawthorne  Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westover  Hills C.  W.  Hickman 

2961  Beechnut  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Williams  Memorial J.  I.  Hutchison 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Wilmore R.  M.  Stevenson 

3000  Sommerset  Drive 
Charlotte.  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Jack  Baucom 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

F.  S.  Neal,  Jr. 
801  Bromley  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

B.  L.  McQuay 
2235  Winthrop  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

F.  W.  Haas 

3055  Marlowe  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

M.  H.  Cathey 
403  Wabash  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  W.  Brown 

1617  Westbury  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  W.  Safrit 

Box  523,  Troy,  N.  C. 

C.  H.  Biggers 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Maude  M.  Brooks 
Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

J.  W.  Scarboro 
Wadesboro,  N.  C. 

Knox  R.  McCain 
Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

B.  E.  Hudson 
Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

William  B.  Drumheller 
1511  Westbrook  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

L.  M.  Morrison 
1959  Harris  Road 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  M.  Winters 
1220  Princeton  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  L.  McConnell 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

H.  P.  Porter 
1741  Wilmore  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


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The  Two  Hundred  Third 

Stated  Session  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


Covenant  Presbyterian  Church 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
January  19,  1954 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundred 
Third  Stated  Session  in  the  Covenant  Presbyterian  Church, 
Charlotte,  N.  C,  at  9  A.M.  on  the  above  date. 

The  Rev.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  the  Moderator,  preached  the 
sermon  and  led  the  opening  prayer. 

History  of  the  Covenant  Presbyterian  Church — ^The  fol- 
lowing sketch  of  the  History  of  the  Covenant  Presbyterian 
Church  was  read  by  Ruling  Elder  R.  D.  Hutchison  and  was 
adopted : 

Eighty  years  ago  upon  petition  signed  by  sixteen  members  of  the 
First  Presbyterian  Church  of  Charlotte,  Mecklenburg  Presbytery 
granted  the  petitioners  permission  to  organize  Second  Church.  There 
were  thirty-four  charter  members.  The  first  services  of  the  new  church 
were  held  in  the  County  Courthouse,  which  then  stood  where  the  Selwyn 
Hotel  now  stands;  and  the  first  sermon  preached  to  the  congregation  was 
by  Dr.  Robert  H.  Chapman,  whose  text  was  "Fear  Not,  Little  Flock,  for 
it  is  your  Father's  Good  Pleasure  to  give  you  the  Kingdom."  A  lot  was 
purchased  on  North  Tryon  Street  one  and  a  half  blocks  from  the  Square, 
and  the  church  building  was  completed  in  1875.  A  new  church  building 
was  constructed  in  1892  and  was  the  home  of  the  congregation  until 
1951. 

By  permission  of  your  Presbytery,  Westminster  Presbyterian  Church 
was  organized  November  28,  1897;  it  was  the  daughter  of  First  and 
Second  Churches.  Its  first  church  home  was  in  Dilworth  on  South  Boule- 
vard, the  building  now  occupied  by  the  Greek  Orthodox  Church.  As  the 
years  passed,  Westminster  grew  in  numbers  and  in  strength,  and  its 
people  became  convinced  that  they  should  have  a  new  church  home  at 
a  more  desirable  location.  The  lot  at  the  intersection  of  Morehead  Street 
and  Dilworth  Road,  being  a  portion  of  the  property  now  occupied  by 
Covenant  Presbyterian  Church,  was  purchased,  and  on  May  28,  1930, 
ground  was  broken  for  the  new  church.  This  was  the  home  of  West- 
minster until  June,  1951,  although  it  was  the  intention  of  the  congrega- 
tion to  greatly  enlarge  the  edifice  and  funds  were  being  accumulated  for 
that  purpose. 


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In  the  early  1940s,  many  members  of  Second  Church  were  of  the  opin- 
ion that  a  more  spacious  and  pleasing  sanctuary,  a  larger  and  better 
equipped  educational  building,  and  other  facilities,  should  be  provided 
in  order  that  the  church  might  continue  to  go  forward  in  its  work  and 
not  stand  still,  or  possibly  slip  backward.  North  Tryon  Street  was  almost 
entirely  given  over  to  business  and  was  overrun  with  traffic,  and  the 
church  property  was  too  small  to  permit  any  substantial  enlargement 
of  the  church  building.  It  was  decided  that  rather  than  attempt  to 
enlarge  the  old  building,  that  a  new  edifice  should  be  constructed  to  be 
located  upon  a  new  site.  Where  to  build  the  new  church  was  a  tremen- 
dous problem.  Careful  and  prayerful  thought  and  investigation  were 
given  to  a  site  for  the  new  church  building.  It  was  found  that  the  geo- 
graphical center  of  the  congregation  was  on  Morehead  Street  near  Dil- 
worth  Road.  This  was  very  near  Westminster.  Other  possible  locations 
were  undesirable  or  too  near  to  one  or  more  of  our  sister  churches. 
Finally,  someone  had  an  inspiration  and  suggested  that  Westminster 
and  Second  might  be  joined  together  as  one  great  church.  After  much 
prayer  and  consecrated  hard  work  by  the  officers  and  congregation  of 
the  two  churches,  this  was  accomplished. 

It  is  unnecessary  to  tell  of  the  sale  of  the  Tryon  Street  property, 
the  acquiring  of  additional  land,  the  employing  of  architects,  engineers 
and  contractors,  the  raising  of  money,  and  of  the  many  other  things 
that  were  necessary  to  be  done.  However,  a  statement  by  one  of  the 
architects  concerning  these,  our  buildings,  is  succinct  and  enlightening: 

"Covenant  Presbyterian  Church  buildings,  erected  1950-53,  in  the  tri- 
angle between  Morehead  Street  and  Dilworth  Road  comprise  one  of  the 
largest  church  plants  in  the  State  and  one  of  the  most  noteworthy 
groups  of  church  edifices  in  the  country.  The  buildings,  laid  out  around 
a  center  court,  are  dominated  by  the  170  foot  stone  tower  of  the  sanc- 
tuary. The  architectural  design  is  similar  to  the  Gothic  style  of  the 
English  churches  and  the  Sanctuary  is  not  a  great  deal  unlike  St.  An- 
drews at  Heckington  in  Lincolnshire  which  was  built  600  years  ago.  The 
entire  group  is  built  of  native  gray  and  tan  granite  from  the  Salisbury 
quarries  and  the  intricate  Gothic  details  of  the  exterior  are  all  carved  in 
limestone.  The  massive  exterior  doors  of  solid  mahogany  are  adorned 
with  the  finest  examples  of  the  wrought  iron  craftsman's  art.  The  inte- 
rior atmosphere  is  that  of  the  oldest  cathedrals  for  here  the  artistry  of 
the  stained  glass  windows  is  equal  to  any  found  in  this  country.  The 
long  marble  aisle  through  the  nave  leads  to  the  chancel  and  its  focal 
point,  the  apse.  Here  in  the  chancel  the  lacework  of  Gothic  detail  is  all 
carved  in  mahogany.  The  pews  of  the  nave,  seating  1,200  persons,  are 
also  mahogany. 

It  might  be  of  special  interest  to  the  members  of  the  Presbytery  of 
Mecklenburg  to  note  the  stained  glass  windows  in  the  church  and  chapel. 
A  great  deal  of  care  was  put  on  the  subject  matter  of  the  windows.  In 
order  that  the  members  of  Presbytery  might  the  better  understand  the 
windows,  we  submit  the  scheme  which  was  followed: 

The  east  windows  of  the  Chapel  depict  the  miracles  of  our  Lord  under 
three  headings — Jesus  as  the  Lord  of  Nature,  the  Lord  of  Life  and  the 
Lord  of  Death.  The  windows  on  the  west  side,  including  the  gallery 
window,  are  the  parable  windows.  The  gallery  window  shows  the  para- 
ble of  the  Last  Judgment;  and  reading  from  back  to  front  the  other 
windows  show  first  the  Similitudes  of  the  Kingdom;  secondly,  the  Citizen 
of  the  Kingdom;   thirdly,  the   Kingdom  of  Heaven   as   Judgment;    and 


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fourthly,  the  Kingdom  of  Heaven  as  Redemption.  The  three  windows 
in  the  apse  of  the  Chapel  are  the  Trinity  windows — the  Father,  the  Son 
and  the  Holy  Ghost. 

The  windows  in  the  Church  are  divided  into  several  sections,  the  main 
gallery  window  is  the  Apocalyse  window  or  Christ  the  King.  On  either 
side  are  two  small  windows  giving  parts  of  the  ancient  hymn  of  praise, 
the  Benedicite.  The  east  nave  windows  of  the  Church  are  the  Old  Te_  La- 
ment windows,  and  reading  from  the  rear  to  the  front  are  the  Creation 
window,  the  Patriarche  window,  the  Nation  window  and  the  Prophets 
window.  The  west  nave  windows  tell  part  of  the  life  of  Christ,  beginning 
with  the  Nativity  window  proceeding  through  the  Preparation  window, 
the  Disciples  window  and  the  Teaching  window. 

The  east  transept  is  devoted  to  the  history  of  the  church.  The  three 
lancets  of  the  great  window  show  the  early  church,  the  Reformation  and 
Presbyterianism  in  America.  In  this  transept  also  is  the  Psalm  window. 

The  west  transept  window  depicts  the  service  of  the  church  under 
the  three  headings  of  Education,  Foreign  Missions  and  Home  Missions. 
The  material  used  here  all  has  some  relation  to  the  life  of  this  particular 
church.  Also  in  this  transept  is  the  Prayer  window. 

The  three  apse  windows  tell  the  crowning  story  of  the  Christian  mes- 
sage— the  Passion,  the  Crucifixion  and  the  Resurrection  oi  our  Lord, 
with  the  Last  Supper,  the  Crucifixion  and  the  Resurrected  Lord  pic- 
tured in  the  rose  windows  of  each  of  these  three.  Beneath  each  rose 
are  four  scenes  relating  first  to  the  Passion,  then  to  the  Crucifixion  and 
lastly  to  the  Risen  Lord. 

A  devoted  member  of  the  Session  of  Covenant  Presbyterian  Church, 
looking  upon  this  beautiful  sanctuary  and  all  of  the  buildings  and  prop- 
erty which  now  constitute  the  physical  part  of  this  church,  remarked 
"Who  told  us  that  we  could  do  this?";  and  all  of  us  knew  who  had  told 
us  for  it  was  He  who  said:  "Fear  not,  little  flock,  for  it  is  your  Father's 
good  pleasure  to  give  you  the  Kingdom." 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled 
during  the  meeting. 

Ministers— J.  W.  Grier,  J.  W.  Stork,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  W.  H.  John- 
ston, B.  F.  Yandell,  J.  C.  Grier,  A.  T.  Taylor,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B. 
Neill,  C.  D.  Whiteley,  D.  K.  Snyder,  W.  T.  Smith,  J.  A.  Jones,  R.  H. 
Stone,  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  C.  G.  McClure,  S.  M.  Inman,  J.  0.  Mann,  F.  C. 
Pratt,  W.  M.  Walsh,  F.  S.  Johnston,  S.  M.  Glasgow,  A.  L.  Thompson, 
W.  A.  Gamble,  R.  F.  Whitley,  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Warner  L.  Hall,  T.  W. 
MacLean,  J.  A.  Carriker,  H.  S.  Robinson,  S.  N.  Hutchison,  C.  H.  Rowan, 
R.  C.  Long,  J.  C.  Lawrence,  H.  G.  Bedinger,  C.  S.  Miller,  B.  F.  Moore, 
Watt  M.  Cooper,  H.  D.  Hayward,  G.  Dana  Waters,  0.  M.  Whitener,  W.  J. 
Huneycutt,  S.  H.  Zealy,  W.  B.  McSwain,  Roy  E.  Hoke,  F.  C.  Wilkinson, 
D.  E.  Wilkinson,  E.  B.  Cooper,  L.  I.  Stell,  M.  G.  Lyerly,  R.  W.  Rayburn, 
H.  L.  Thomas,  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce,  R.  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  McLean, 
G.  A.  Fletcher,  R.  G.  Laurens,  R.  G.  Balmcky,  S.  W.  Yandle,  J.  E.  Way- 
land,  Jr.,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  B.  F.  Ferguson,  James  R.  Crook,  Milos  Strupl, 
Crawford  A.  White,  J.  S.  Garner,  S.  W.  Hogue,  W.  G.  Workman,  C.  Don 
Coffey,  I.  Howard  Chadwick,  Robert  Turner,  W.  S.  Boyce,  Dwight  L. 
Barker,  Andrew  A.  Allen — 75. 

Ruling  Elders — R.  B.  Lowder,  Albemarle  First;  Walter  Crook,  Altan; 
J.  C.  Kuck,  Amity;  G.  D.  Aitken,  Avondale;  F.  L.  Marbry,  Badin;  S.  H. 


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Kell,  Banks;  Curtis  Moore,  Benton  Heights;  Boyce  Knox,  Bethel;  J.  H. 
Howie,  Beulah;  D.  A.  Monroe,  Biscoe;  Charles  R.  Crumley,  Caldwell 
Memorial;  D.  E.  Phillips,  Camden;  Hewitt  Haney,  Cameronian;  J.  0. 
Hawfield,  Camp  Green;  S.  C.  Capps,  Central  Steele  Creek;  McAlister 
Carson,  Charlotte  First;  Frank  Gilchrist,  Clanton  Memorial;  E.  H.  Aus- 
tin, Commonwealth;  E.  K.  Summey,  Cook's  Memorial;  J.  H.  Barnhardt, 
Covenant;  W.  S.  McRae,  EUerbe;  Vance  Sykes,  Hamlet;  Joe  R.  Puckett, 
Hopewell;  E.  J.  Stinson,  Indian  Hill;  Dallas  Caudle,  Locust;  J.  A.  Kirk, 
Mallard  Creek;  A.  P.  Williams,  Mark's  Creek;  Fred  L.  Plyler,  Marsh- 
ville;  A.  McKay,  Marston;  J.  W.  Russell,  Matthews;  A.  M.  Cathey,  Mc- 
Gee;  J.  F.  McCaskill,  McLean  Memorial;  W.  E.  Steagall,  Marven;  Har- 
old McFayden,  Mt.  Carmel;  C.  C.  McKinnon,  Mt.  Gilead;  H.  L.  Berry- 
hill,  Mulberry;  Everett  Bierman,  Myers  Park;  G.  T.  Brown,  Nevin;  Wil- 
bur X.  Yerton,  Newell;  Verbie  Greene,  Norman;  James  H.  Ferguson, 
North  Charlotte;  W.  D.  Vanderbourgh,  Pageland;  Paul  H.  Many,  Park 
Avenue;  A.  S.  Cathey,  Paw  Creek;  J.  H.  Ussery,  Pee  Dee;  J.  W.  Flowe, 
Philadelphia;  Sam  C.  Elliott,  Plaza;  J.  A.  Blakeney,  Providence;  E.  S. 
Barnhardt,  Ramah;  William  N.  Lambert,  Ridgecrest;  Auman  H.  Currie, 
Rourk;  J.  C.  Goodman,  St.  Andrews;  J.  L.  Nance,  St.  Paul;  H.  T.  Patter- 
son, Sardis;  A.  B.  Ferguson,  Seigle  Avenue;  Grier  Wallace,  Jr.,  Selwyn 
Avenue;  H.  Q.  Kirkpatrick,  Sharon;  I.  W.  Kiels,  Siler;  W.  C.  Harris,  Six 
Mile  Creek;  David  Cameron,  Smallwood;  T.  H.  Chadwick,  Jr.,  South 
Park;  G.  K.  Aderholt,  Star;  W.  P.  Davenport,  Steele  Creek;  Wade  R. 
Todd,  Sugaw  Creek;  E.  L.  Garrett,  Sunset  Hills;  A.  R.  Pegram,  Tenth 
Avenue;  H.  P.  Cathey,  Thomasboro;  C.  W.  Gilchrist,  Trinity;  A.  F.  Rus- 
sell, Troy;  G.  W.  McManus,  Turner;  R.  V.  Liles,  Wadesboro;  C.  L.  Mc- 
Cain, Walkersville;  H.  D.  McLaughlin,  Waxhaw;  E.  G.  Watt,  West 
Avenue;  Frank  W.  Orr,  Westminster;  J.  E.  Verbie,  Westover  Hills;  J.  I. 
Hutchison,  Williams  Memorial;  J.  R.  Jamison,  Wilmore — 78. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  were 
introduced. 

The  following  Ministers  were  introduced  to  the  Presby- 
tery and  invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren,  Rev.  Andrew  A. 
Allen,  Rev.  Dwight  L.  Barker,  Rev.  J.  T.  Echols. 

The  Stated  Clerk  announced  that  a  quorum  was  present. 

Moderator  Elected — The  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Moderator 
Nominee  was  elected  Moderator. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Arrangements — The  following 
Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements  was  read  and 
adopted. 

Your  Committee  on  Arrangements  recommends  that  the  printed 
docket  be  adopted  with  the  following  modifications: 

1.  That  the  Rev.  Milton  B.  Faust  be  heard  for  five  minutes  imme- 
diately after  the  reading  of  the  Communications. 

2.  That  at  12:30  Presbytery  resolve  itself  into  a  committee  of  the 
whole  for  the  purpose  of  examining  the  Sessional  records. 

3.  That  Presbytery  recess  at  1  P.M.  and  reconvene  at  2  P.M. 


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4.    That   the   third   order   after   lunch   be   devoted   to   the    Proposed 
Changes  to  the  Book  of  Church  Order,  the  Confession  of  Faith  and  the 


Book   of   Worship. 

5.    That  Presbytery  adjourn  at  will. 

Warner  L.  Hall,  Chairman 
Warner  L.  Hall 
J.  C.  Lawrence 
F.  C.  Debele,  Jr. 

THE  DOCKET 

1.  Opening  Exercises — Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Retiring  Moderator. 

2.  Memorials. 

3.  History  of  the  Covenant  Church — Rev.  W.  L.  Hall. 

4.  Enrollment — Members   of   Presbytery,   Visiting  Brethren,   Introduc- 

tion of  Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time. 

5.  Election  of  Moderator — Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Moderator-Nominee. 

6.  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements — Rev.  W.  L.  Hall. 

7.  Appointment   of   Standing    Committees.    (Two    Ministers    and    Two 

Elders.) 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial   Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery. 

6.  Sessional  Records. 

8.  Communications. 

9.  Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  R.  C.  Long. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 

10.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

11.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

12.  Report  of  Executive  and  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Presbytery's  Council — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce. 

2.  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters. 

3.  Committee   on   Education — Rev.   L.   I.    Stell. 

4.  Committee  on  Assembly's  Work — Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff. 

13.  Report  of  Standing  Committees.   (See  7  above.) 

14.  Report  of   Treasurers   and   Trustees. 

15.  Annual   Statistical  Report  to  the   General  Assembly. 

16.  Election  of  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly.   (Second  order 

after  lunch.) 

17.  Unfinished  Business.   (Manual  Changes.) 

18.  New  Business.  (Amendments  to  the  Book  of  Church  Order.) 

19.  Place  of  Next  Meeting. 

20.  Nomination  of  Moderator.    (First  Order  after  lunch.) 

21.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

22.  Adjournment. 


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Appointment  of  Standing  Committees — The  Moderator 
appointed  the  following-  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures:  Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Chairman;  Rev.  H.  D. 
Robinson,  Samuel  Elliott  and  C.  W.  Gilchrist. 

2.  Installations:  Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley,  Chairman;  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner, 
G.  D.  Aitken,  John  A.  Tate. 

3.  Judicial  Business:  Rev.  R.  C.  Long,  Chairman;  Rev.  Robert  Tur- 
ner, J.  I.  Hutchison  and  Frank  W.  Orr. 

4.  Resolutions:  Rev.  I.  How^ard  Chadwick,  Chairman;  C.  Don  Coffey, 
Grier  Wallace  and  H.  P.  Cathey. 

5.  Presbytery's  Records:  Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore,  Chairman;  Rev.  R.  A. 
Young,  E.  G.  Watt  and  Wade  R.  Todd. 

Communications — The  following  Communications  were 
read  and  disposed  of  as  indicated: 

1.  That  the  follov^ing  Churches  be  granted  permission  to  change 
the  terms  of  the  Call  to  their  pastors  to  allow  raises  in  salary:  First 
Presbyterian  Church,  Rockingham;  West  Avenue  Church,  Charlotte; 
Matthews;  North  Charlotte;  Nevin;  Hopewell;  Sugaw  Creek;  Sardis; 
Benton  Heights;  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Monroe;  Philadelphia; 
Sharon.  The  requests  were  granted. 

2.  That  the  following  Ministers  be  excused  from  attendance  on  this 
meeting  of  the  Presbytery:  Rev.  Ira  H.  Rawles,  Rev.  F.  R.  McAlister, 
Rev.  Henry  S.  Schum  and  the  Rev.  R.  F.  Boyd.  The  requests  were 
granted. 

3.  From  the  office  of  the  General  Assembly  quoting  a  directive  of 
the  General  Assembly  that  all  Presbyteries  and  their  churches  include 
only  their  gifts  to  our  Board  of  World  Missions  in  their  statistical 
report  in  the  column  "World  Missions,"  and  further,  that  our  Assembly 
discourage  the  practice  of  individual  churches  supporting  independent 
missions  when  the  needs  of  our  own  Board  are  so  many  and  so  great. 
This  was  received  as  information. 

4.  From  the  Office  of  the  Executive  Secretary  of  the  Synod  directing 
attention  to  the  Church  Extension  Memorial  Fund  and  the  office's  effort 
to  collect  historical  data  and  documents.  This  was  received  as  informa- 
tion. 

5.  From  the  Board  of  Church  Extension,  Department  of  Chaplains 
and  Military  Personnel,  information  concerning  our  two  Chaplains, 
James  B.  Reaves  and  William  M.  Boyce.  This  was  received  as  informa- 
tion and  Presbytery  was  led  in  prayer  in  behalf  of  our  Chaplains  and 
their  work. 

Synod's  Director  of  Evangelism — The  Rev.  Milton  B. 
Faust,  Synod's  Director  of  Evangelism  was  introduced  to  the 
Presbytery  and  spoke  to  the  Presbytery  concerning  the  Evan- 
gelism Conference  to  be  held  in  Raleigh. 

Reports  of  Commissions — The  following  Commissions  ap- 
pointed by  the  Presbytery  made  their  reports  which  were 
admitted  to  record: 


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1.  Commission  to  install  Rev.  Robert  Turner: 

The  Commission  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  install  Reverend  Rob- 
ert Turner  as  Associate  Pastor  of  the  Covenant  Presbyterian  Church, 
Charlotte,  North  Carolina,  met  at  the  Covenant  Church  at  7  P.M.,  Sun- 
day, November  1.  Present  were  all  members  of  the  Commission,  min- 
isters: James  A.  Jones,  Lawrence  I.  Stell,  J.  O.  Mann,  and  I.  Howard 
Chadwick.  Ruling  Elders  were:  R.  A.  Grier  and  W.  E.  Price.  Minister 
invited  to  sit  with  the  Commission  was  Albert  McClure  of  Concord 
Presbytery. 

The  meeting  was  called  to  order  and  opened  with  prayer.  On  motion 
of  J.  A.  Jones,  Lawrence  L  Stell  was  elected  ChaiiTnan  of  the  Com- 
mission and  J.  O.  Mann,  Secretary. 

The  Commission  moved  into  the  sanctuary  for  the  installation  serv- 
ice. Dr.  James  A.  Jones  preached  the  sermon  on  "The  Kind  of  Church 
That  Gets  Ahead" — (Matt.  16:18).  Dr.  Stell  propounded  the  constitu- 
tional questions  to  the  pastor  and  congregation.  After  the  charge  was 
delivered  to  the  pastor  and  the  congregation  by  J.  O.  Mann  and  Howard 
Chadwick,  the  prayer  of  consecration  was  led  by  A.  B.  McClure.  Dr. 
Stell  declared  Rev.  Robert  Turner  installed  as  Associate  Pastor  of  the 
Covenant   Presbyterian   Church. 

The  Commission  went  into  session  again  after  the  service.  The  min- 
utes were  read  and  approved  and  the  meeting  was  closed  with  prayer. 

J.  O.  Mann,  Secretary 

2.  Commission  to  install  Rev.  Frank  C.  Wilkinson: 

The  Commission  to  install  Rev.  Frank  C.  Wilkinson  at  Star,  met  at 
the  Church  at  7:15  P.M.  and  was  opened  with  prayer. 

Present — Rev.  George  Fletcher,  Rev.  R.  G.  Laurens,  Rev.  J.  W.  Stork 
and  Elder  Edgar  Maness.  Rev.  J.  W.   Stork  was  elected  secretary. 

The  Commission  engaged  in  worship  with  the  congregation.  Rev. 
George  Fletcher  presided  and  propounded  the  constitutional   questions. 

Rev.  R.  G.  Laurens  preached  the  sermon.  Elder  Edgar  Maness  offered 
the  prayer.  Rev.  J.  W.  Stork  charged  the  pastor  and  congregation.  Rev. 
Frank  C.  Wilkinson  was  duly  installed  and  pronounced  the  benediction. 
The  Commission  reassembled,  adopted  the  minutes  and  adjourned  with 
prayer. 

J.  W.  Stork,  Secretary 

Commission  on  Minister  and  His  Work — The  following  re- 
port of  the  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His  Work  was 
read  and  admitted  to  record: 

Your  commission  wishes  to  record  the  following  actions  taken  since 
the  last  meeting  of  Presbytery: 

1.  Dissolved  the  relation  existing  between  Rev.  W.  I.  Howell  and 
the  Hamlet  Church,  and  authorized  a  letter  of  transfer  for  Mr.  Howell 
to  Atlanta  Presbytery. 

2.  Dissolved  the  relation  existing  between  Rev.  A.  H.  Key  and  the 
Bethlehem  Church  and  authorized  a  letter  of  transfer  for  Mr.  Key  to 
King's  Mountain  Presbytery. 


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3.  Dissolved  the  relation  existing  between  Rev.  Dan  Carleton  and 
the  Brainerd  and  Community  Churches  and  authorized  a  letter  of 
transfer  for  Mr.   Carleton  to   Concord  Presbytery. 

4.  Dissolved  the  relation  existing  between  Dr.  C.  E.  S.  Kramer  and 
the  Charlotte  First  Church,  and  granted  permission  to  Dr.  Kramer  to 
labor  beyond  the  bounds  of  Presbytery. 

5.  Dissolved  the  relation  existing  between  Rev.  J.  P.  Holder  and  the 
Morven  and  Camden  churches  and  authorized  a  letter  of  transfer  for 
Mr.  Holder  to  East  Alabama  Presbytery. 

6.  Authorized  the  granting  of  a  letter  of  transfer  for  Rev.  R.  M. 
Cochran  to  St.  John's  Presbytery. 

7.  Authorized  the  granting  of  a  letter  of  transfer  for  Candidate  F. 
Flay  Riddle  to  South  Carolina  Presbytery. 

8.  Approved  calls  for  the  following :  Rev.  J.  D.  Stimson  for  the  Wax- 
haw  Church,  Rev.  Dwight  Barker  for  Cameronian  and  Park  Avenue, 
Rev.  R.  V.  Colen  for  Amity  Church.  We  are  ready  to  place  these  calls  in 
the  hands  of  the  men  named. 

Respectfully  submitted  for  the  Commission. 

Roswell  Long,  Chairman 

Report  of  Committee  on  Christian  Education — The  follow- 
ing report  of  the  Committee  on  Christian  Education  was  read 
and  adopted 

Your  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  wishes  to  report  that 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery  now  has  41  candidates  under  her  care  pre- 
paring for  the  Gospel  Ministry.  The  reports  from  the  Colleges  and 
Seminaries  in  which  these  men  are  studying  have  been  satisfactory, 
and  their  diligence  is  to  be  commended.  There  are  at  present  seven 
men  who  are  not  in  touch  with  your  committee  and  contact  has  not 
been  established  with  them.  Letters  are  being  written  to  them  to  dis- 
cover the  status  of  their  preparation  and  their  plans. 

Recognizing  the  responsibility  laid  upon  the  Committee  of  Minis- 
terial Education  for  "planning  with  care  a  meaningful  and  inspirational 
worship  service  for  the  receiving  of  candidates  into  the  Presbytery," 
we  submit  the  following  order  of  worship  which  was  approved  by 
the  General  Assembly:  (See  attached  Order  of  Worship)  and  which 
we  recommend  using.  Such  a  service  should  lift  a  man's  whole  ministry 
to  a  high  level  of  spiritual  consecration  and  should  be  for  all  the  mem- 
bers of  the  Presbytery  a  heart-searching  rededication. 

Mr.  Robert  Lee  Combs,  a  candidate  for  the  ministry  and  a  regular 
student  at  Union  Theological  Seminary  has  asked  for  the  consent  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  continue  his  studies  as  a  "special  student" 
under  the  extraordinary  case  clause.  He  states  he  has  found  it  neces- 
sary to  discontinue  his  Greek  studies  for  the  time  being  and  expresses 
his  desire  to  attempt  the  course  of  languages  (Greek  and  Hebrew) 
offered  by  the  Seminary  at  a  time  after  his  ordination.  The  committee 
approves  Mr.  Combs'  request  and  recommends  that  he  be  identified  as 
a  "special  student"  and  enrolled  under  the  extraordinary  case   clause. 


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AN  ORDER  OF  WORSHIP 

for  the 

RECEIVING  OF  CANDIDATES  FOR  THE  MINISTRY 

(The  receiving  of  Candidates  for  the  Ministry  shall  take  place  in  the 
presence   of  the   Presbytery,   duly  constituted.) 

The  Moderator  (or  other  presiding  Minister)  shall  say: 

"Our  help  is  in  the  Name  of  the  Lord,  who  made  heaven  and  earth." 

"How  beautiful  upon  the  mountains  are  the  feet  of  him  that  bringeth 
good  tidings,  that  publisheth  peace!" 

"Lift  up  your  eyes,  and  look  on  the  fields;  for  they  are  white  already 
to  harvest.  The  harvest  truly  is  plenteous,  but  the  laborers  are  few;  pray 
ye  therefore  the  Lord  of  the  harvest,  that  He  will  send  forth  laborers 
into  His  harvest." 

In  the  Name  of  the  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  the  great  Head  of  the  Church, 
we  are  now  to  receive  under  the  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  (names 
of  candidates),  who  have  been  approved  by  their  church  Sessions  and 
by  the  Presbytery  as  candidates  for  the  Gospel  ministry  of  the  Presby- 
terian Church  in  the  United  States. 

The  Holy  Scriptures  require  that  trial  be  previously  had  of  them  who 
are  to  be  ordained  to  the  Ministry  of  the  Gospel,  that  this  sacred  office 
may  not  be  committed  to  unworthy  men;  and  that  the  churches  may 
have  an  opportunity  to  form  a  true  judgment  respecting  those  who  are 
to  minister  to  them  in  holy  things.  For  this  purpose  Presbyteries  are 
authorized  to  enroll  as  candidates  for  licensure  and  ordination  such 
persons  as  in  their  judgment  give  promise  of  usefulness  in  this  sacred 
office,  after  the  training  and  trial  of  their  talents  prescribed  in  the 
Book  of  Church  Order. 

(The  Candidate  shall  stand  before  the  Moderator,  who  shall  say:) 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg,  having  approved  your  testimonials 
and  sustained  your  examination,  now  requires  you  to  make  answer  to 
the  following  questions: 

Do  you,  as  far  as  you  know  your  own  heart,  believe  yourself  to  be 
called  to  the  office  of  the  Christian  Ministry? 

(The  candidate  shall  answer:  I  do) 

Do  you  promise  in  reliance  upon  the  grace  of  God  to  maintain  a  be- 
coming Christian  character,  and  to  be  diligent  and  faithful  in  making 
full  preparation   for   the    sacred   ministry? 

(The  candidate  shall  answer:  I  do) 

Do  you  promise  to  submit  yourself  to  the  proper  supervision  of  the 
Presbytery  in  matters  that  concern  your  preparation  for  the  ministry? 

(The  candidate  shall  answer:  I  do) 

Do  you  desire  now  to  be  received  by  this  Presbytery  as  a  candidate 
for  the  Gospel  Ministry  in  the  Presbyterian  Church  in  the  United 
States  ? 

(The  candidate  shall  answer:  I  do) 

(The  Moderator — or  someone  appointed  by  him — shall  give  the  can- 
didate (s)  a  brief  charge. 

The  Candidate  shall  then  kneel,  and  the  Moderator — or  someone 
appointed  by  him — shall  lead  in  a  prayer  of  dedication.) 


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(Suggested  prayer:) 

Almighty  and  eternal  God,  graciously  accept  this  (these)  Thy  Serv- 
ant (s)  as  in  faith  and  humility  he  (they)  dedicates  himself  (themselves) 
to  the  service  of  Thy  Kingdom.  Bestow  upon  him  (them)  the  grace  of 
Thy  Holy  Spirit,  that  he  (they)  may  be  instructed  in  the  deep  things 
of  Thy  truth,  enabled  by  purity  of  life  to  adorn  the  doctrine  of  God 
our  Saviour,  and  guided  into  ever  fuller  knowledge  of  Jesus  Christ,  Thy 
Son,  whom  to  know  is  life,  whom  to  serve  is  freedom,  whom  to  love  is 
joy.  Spare  him  (them),  we  pray  Thee,  that  in  due  season,  enriched 
in  grace,  learning  and  experience,  he  (they)  may  be  ordained  to  the 
office  of  the  Holy  Ministry.  Teach  him  (them)  to  have  a  steadfast  care 
of  his  (their)  own  soul(s);  conserve  in  him  (them)  the  gifts  of  Thy 
love;  that,  holding  fast  his  (their)  profession  without  wavering,  he 
(they)  may  finish  his  (their)  course  with  joy,  and  finally,  of  Thy  mercy, 
receive  a  full  reward  in  Thine  eternal  and  glorious  kingdom;  through 
Jesus  Christ  our  Lord.     Amen. 

(Then  the  candidate,  together  with  the  Presbytery,  shall  stand,  and 
the  Moderator  shall  say:) 

In  the  Name  of  the  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  the  great  Head  of  the  Church, 
I  do  now  by  the  authority  of  this  Presbytery  declare  that  you  are 
acknowledged  and  received  as  a  candidate (s)  for  licensure  and  ordina- 
tion in  the  Presbyterian  Church  in  the  United  States,  and  I  do  now 
direct  that  your  name  be  recorded  on  the  roll  of  this  Presbytery  as  a 
candidate  for  the  Ministry. 

(The  Moderator  shall  then  extend  to  the  Candidate (s)  the  right 
hand  of  Christian  fellowship,  and  afterward  shall  say:) 

The  Lord  bless  you  and  keep  you;  the  Lord  make  His  face  to  shine 
upon  you,  and  be  gracious  unto  you;  the  Lord  lift  up  His  countenance 
upon  you,  and  give  you  peace;  through  Jesus  Christ  our  Lord.     Amen. 

We  wish  to  present  to  the  Presbytery  the  following  young  men  who 
wish  to  be  received  under  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  as  Candidates 
for  the  Gospel  Ministry: 

1.  Mr.  William  Ward  Davis,  Jr.  (Born  June  19,  1934  at  Waxhaw, 
N.  C.)  a  member  of  the  Sharon  Presbyterian  Church  of  Charlotte — a 
student  at  Charlotte   College. 

2.  Mr.  Grover  Curtis  Moore  (Born  September  4,  1914  at  Antioch, 
N.  C.)  a  member  of  the  Benton  Heights  Presbyterian  Church  of  Mon- 
roe, N.  C.  Mr.  Moore  is  married,  has  three  children.  He  finished  high 
school  at  Indian  Trail,  N.  C,  and  plans  to  attend  Columbia  Theological 
Seminary.  Mr.  Moore  is  an  Elder  and  the  Superintendent  of  the  Sunday 
School  of  his  church. 

The  committee  recommends  that  he  be  received  as  a  candidate  for 
the    ministry   under   the    extraordinary    case    clause. 

3.  Mr.  Armand  Joseph  Moreau  (Al)  Born  July  31,  1934  at  Portland, 
Maine)  a  member  of  the  Myers'  Park  Presbyterian  Church  of  Charlotte 
— a  first  year  student  at  Davidson  College. 

4.  Mr.  Eugene  Ramsauer  Rucker  (Born  June  15,  1930,  at  Alanta, 
Georgia)  a  member  of  the  Plaza  Presbyterian  Church  of  Charlotte.  He 
completed  one  year  of  study  at  Queens  College  prior  to  his  service  in 


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the  United  States  Navy.  Following  his  discharge,  he  entered  Mitchel 
College  at  Statesville,  N.  C,  and  was  on  January  13th  notified  that  he 
had  been  accepted  at  Davidson.  Mr.  Rucker  is  married. 

These  young  men  have  all  made  application  according  to  the  proce- 
dure of  Presbytery — their  applications  have  all  been  found  in  order  and 
are  most  commendatory — the  sessions  of  their  individual  churches  rec- 
ommend them  in  the  highest  terms — they  have  counseled  with  your 
committee  and  we  recommend  them  to  Presbytery  to  be  received  as 
candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry. 

G.  Dan  Waters,  Chairman. 
For   the   Committee. 

Candidate  Received — The  Committee  on  Christian  Educa- 
tion presented  the  following  men  who  were  seeking  to  be  re- 
ceived under  the  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  as  Candi- 
dates for  the  Gospel  Ministry.  William  Ward  Davis,  Jr.,  Grover 
Curtis  Moore,  Armand  Joseph  Moreau  and  Eugene  Ramsauer 
Rucker.  Being  satisfied  with  the  recommendations  of  the  Com- 
mittee, the  Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine  the  Candidates 
in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church  Or- 
der. The  examination  was  approved  as  satisfactory.  They 
were  received  as  Candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry  under  the 
care  of  the  Presbytery.  Rev.  Edward  B.  Cooper  charged  the 
candidates  and  Rev.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence  led  the  prayer  of 
dedication. 

Ministers  Received — The  following  Ministers  seeking 
membership  in  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  presented  certificates 
of  Transfer.  Rev.  Andrew  A.  Allen  from  Georgia-Carolina 
Presbytery  and  Rev.  Dwight  L.  Barker  from  First  Presbytery 
of  the  Associate  Reformed  Presbyterian  Church,  which  were 
found  in  order.  The  Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine  the 
Ministers  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of 
Church  Order.  The  examination  was  approved  as  satisfactory 
and  they  were  enrolled  upon  the  signing  of  the  Covenant. 

A  Call  for  the  services  of  Rev.  Andrew  A.  Allen  from  the 
Amay  James  Church  was  placed  in  his  hands  and  accepted 
by  him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  for  his  installation. 
(See  Report  of  Committee  on  Installations.) 

Calls  from  the  Cameronian  and  Park  Avenue  Churches  for 
the  services  of  Rev.  Dwight  L.  Barker  were  placed  in  his 
hands  and  accepted  by  him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  for 
his  installation.  (See  report  of  Committee  on  Installations.) 


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Report    of    Presbytery's    Council — Presbytery's    Council 
made  the  following  recommendations  which  were  adopted. 

We  recommend  that  the  following  budget  of  the   Executive   Secre- 
tary's Office  for  the  year  1954  be  adopted: 

Executive   Secretary's    Salary    $4,400.00 

Manse   Allowance    1,200.00 

Car  Allowance   1,000.00 

Minister's  Annuity  Fund    330.00 

Office  Secretary's  Salary  2,600.00 

Social    Security    52.00 

Office  Expense   1,200.00 

Office    Equipment    300.00 

Total     $11,082.00 

REPORT  OF  THE  TREASURER  OF 
PRESBYTERY'S  EXPENSE  FUND 

Balance  on  hand— April  1,  1953 $1,094.39 

Received  from  the  Churches 20,458.13 

Total    Receipts     $21,552.52 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

R.  H.   Stone,  Treasurer  Presbytery's   Office.  $8,000.00 

B.  A.  Estridge,  Treasurer  Camp  Stewart 3,600.00 

General  Assembly's  Assessment   3,452.28 

Synod's  Assessment    1,283.58 

Stated   Clerk's   Salary    450.00 

Stated  Clerk's  Office  Help 450.00 

Permanent  Clerk's   Salary    30.00 

Assistant  Clerk's  Salary   30.00 

Minister's  Annuity  Fund    33.75 

Presbytery  Expenses    300.00 

Commission   Expense    25.50 

Auditor's    Fee    5.00 

Office  Supplies  and  Postage   89.75 

Von-Beckman-Jones  Co.,  Statistical  Reports   .  34.50 

Lassiter    Press — Printing    512.00 

Total    Disbursements    $18,296.36       $18,296.36 


BALANCE  ON  HAND— January  1,  1954 $3,256.16 

The  Report  was  adopted. 


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REPORT    OF    MECKLENBURG    PRESBYTERY'S 
SCHOLARSHIP  FUND  FOR  1953 

RECEIPTS: 

T.  L.  Harrison   $1,000.00         $1,000.00 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

University   of   North   Carolina    $398.43 

Scientific  Supply  Room   25.00 

The   Book   Exchange    55.28 

Total   Disbursements    $478.71  $478.71 

Balance  on  hand    $521.29 

Respectfully   submitted, 
The  Report  was  adopted.  ^'   ^'   ^tone,   Treasurer 

REPORT  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY'S   CHURCH   AND 
MANSE  BUILDING  FUND  FOR  THE  SHORT  YEAR  1953 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance     $2,867.16 

Thomasboro  Church  Refund   200.00 

Balance   on   Star   Call    159.00 

Cameronian    Manse    Call     1,250.83 

Woodlawn   Call    1,390.55 

Total   Receipts    $5,867.54         $5,867.54 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Star   Presbyterian   Church    $159.00 

Cameronian   Presbyterian   Manse    1,250.83 

The  W.  H.  Belk  Presbyterian  Chapel   1,635.33 

Total    Disbursements    $3,045.16         $3,045.16 

Balance     *$2,822.38 

*In  this  balance  there  is  $1,431.83  for  the  Shuman  Avenue  Call. 

Respectfully   submitted, 
The  Report  was  adopted.  ^-   ^'   ^tone,   Treasurer 

REPORT  OF  THE  PRESBYTERY'S  OFFICE 
FOR  THE  SHORT  YEAR  1953 
RECEIPTS: 

Balance     $61.21 

Presbytery's  Tax  Fund   8,000.00 

Presbytery's  Committee  on  Religious  Education  2,190.00 

For  The  Mecklenburg  Presbyterian   171.25 

Sale  of  Materials     29.24 

Refunds      71.91 

Myers  Park  Church  (Special)    100.00 

Covenant  Women  of  the  Church  75.00 

Total  Receipts    $10,698.61       $10,698.61 


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DISBURSEMENTS: 

Salary,    car    and    manse    allowance    of    Execu- 
tive  Secretary    $4,950.00 

M.A.F.   Dues     225.00 

Salary  of  Office  Secretary  less  withholdings   .  1,523.60 

Director  of  Internal  Revenue  364.35 

Salaries  for  Camp  Stewart  less  withholdings  .  2,174.50 

Office  Expenses    624.10 

For  Mecklenburg  Presbyterian   172.38 

Audit    50.00 

Equipment     130.35 

Total  Disbursements     $10,264.28       $10,264.28 

Balance  on  hand   $434.33 

Respectfully    submitted, 
The  Report  was  adopted.  ^'   ^-    ^tone.   Treasurer 

REPORT  ON  THE  ANSON  PRESBYTERIAN  FUND 
FOR  THE  SHORT  YEAR  1953 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance     $1,405.00         $1,405.00 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Star   Presbyterian   Church    $702.50 

Belk  Larger  Parish  Manse   702.50 

Total    Disbursements    $1,405.00         $1,405.00 

Balance      None 

Respectfully   submitted. 
The  Report  was  adopted.  ^'   ^'   ^tone.   Treasurer 

REPORT  OF  R.  H.  STONE,  CENTRAL  TREASURER  OF 

BENEVOLENCES  FOR  THE  YEAR   (NINE  MONTHS)    1953 

There  has  been  received  from  churches  and  their  organizations  and 

individuals  the  sum  of  $244,950.19  during  the  short  year  1953  and  it  has 
been  disbursed  as  follows: 

Board  of  World  Missions $50,917.85 

Board  of  Church  Extension   32,602.88 

Board  of  Christian  Education   10,585.69 

Board  of  Annuities  and  Relief 12,993.51 

General   Fund     14,327.15 

Inter-Church   Agencies    410,46 

Overseas  Relief    1,115.58 

American   Bible   Society    240.98 

Mountain   Retreat   Association    51.50 

Assembly's   Training    School    10.00 

Defense    Service    66.15 

Historical   Foundation    1.00 

Mrs.  T.  M.  McCord,  Treasurer   17.49 

C.R.O.P 78.20 

Synod's  Church  Extension    11,840.10 

Synod's  Education  Institutions    27,788.95 


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Synod's  Religious  Education    3,271.88 

Presbyterian  Orphans  Home    10,867.35 

Presbyterian    Home    2,977.12 

Campus  Christian  Life    2,152.76 

William    Black    Home    1,489.70 

U.T.S.   Mid-Century  Campaign    1,290.00 

Presbyterian  Junior   College    38.00 

N.  C.  Council  and  Allied  Church  League 430.10 

Presbytery's  Church  Extension   43,175.27 

The  W.  H.  Belk  Fund   6,500.00 

Presbytery's    Religious   Education    2,510.01 

Alexander  Home    1,017.39 

Presbytery's    Tax    Fund    540.06 

Bible   in   Public    Schools    365.00 

Presbytery's   Office    (Designated)    75.00 

Good    Samaritan    Hospital    18.29 

Columbia  Bible  College    50.00 

Oklahoma  Presbyterian  College    2.00 

Assembly's  Negro  Nursery  Fund   7.45 

Ometepec     12.58 

Negro  Work  Campaign   5,112.74 

Total    Disbursements    $244,950.19 

Respectfully   submitted, 
The  Report  was   adopted.  R-   H.    Stone,   Treasurer 

STATEMENT  OF  THE  W.  H.  BELK  FUND 
FOR  THE  SHORT  YEAR  1953 
RECEIPTS: 

Balance     $17,418.54 

Payment  on  notes  plus  interest   4,456.40 

Orange  Grove  note   5,000.00 

Interest  on  Orange  Grove  note   1,500.00 

Interest — Home   Federal    150.00 

Mrs.  Sarah  Belk  Gambrell   300.00 

Mrs.  W.  H.  Belk   1,400.00 

Total  Receipts    $30,224.94       $30,224.94 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Catechism   Awards    $189.00 

Loans      2,600.00 

R.  J.  Belk  675.00 

Miss  Daisy  E.  Walkup 300.00 

Belk's  Buying  Service    1,057.52 

G.  F.  Shrum — Nations  Ford  note   1,000.00 

W.  H.  Belk  Presbyterian  Church   10,000.00 

Total    Disbursements    $15,821.52       $15,821.52 

Balance    $14,403.42 

Respectfully   submitted, 
R.   H.    Stone,   Treasurer 
The  Report  was  adopted. 


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FINANCIAL  REPORT  FOR  THE  HOME  MISSION  COMMITTEE 
FOR  THE  SHORT  YEAR  1953 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance    $13,790.21 

Benevolent  Account    43,164.27 

Myers  Park  Church    200.00 

Belk  Brothers  Co 2,250.00 

Mrs.  E.  N.  Cole   1,000.00 

Vacation   Fund     737.13 

Sale  of  building  and  old  mixer 210.00 

Negro   Woman's    Conference    595.35 

For  Star  Church   875.00 

United  States  Treasury  Coupons    125.00 

Dividends     26.50 

Beam  Fund     900.00 

Refund     5.00 

Trinity  Women  of  the  Church 160.34 

Total  Receipts    $64,038.80       $64,038.80 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Salaries  and   Supplies    $23,191.40 

Director  of  Internal  Revenue    1,547.25 

M.A.F.   dues    1,066.44 

Minister  to  the  Hospitals   2,475.00 

Christmas   checks    600.00 

Book  Fund    169.10 

Vacation  Fund   757.13 

Work  at  Double  Oaks   2,837.61 

Other  Negro  Work   750.47 

Moving   Ministers    645.49 

Designated    Gifts    350.00 

Insurance     82.12 

New  Buildings     14,235.34 

Mecklenburg   Presbyterian    373.38 

North  Charlotte   Church    550.00 

Church  and  Manse  Building  Fund    103.95 

Commercial  National  Bank  Stock    261.50 

Committee    on    Evangelism    32.00 

Loan — Banks   Presbyterian    Church    1,500.00 

Payment  of  Double  Oaks  note 1,200.00 

Park  Avenue  Church    200.00 

Miscellaneous  expense    203.70 

Total    Disbursements    $53,121.88       $53,121.88 

Balance    $10,916.92 

Respectfully   submitted, 
R.   H.    Stone,   Treasurer 
The  Report  was  adopted. 


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Report  of  Subcommittee  on  World  Missions — The  follow- 
ing recommendations  of  the  Subcommittee  on  World  Missions 
were  adopted: 

1.  That  the  World  Mission  Season,  February  1  to  March  1,  1954  be 
observed  in  all  Churches  as  a  time  of  rededication  to  the  World  task  of 
Christian  Missions,  that  all  Ministers  be  urged  to  preach  on  Missions 
and  that  the  whole  Church  be  called  to  prayer  for  this  effort. 

2.  That  the  Week  of  Prayer  and  Self-Denial  for  World  Missions  be 
observed  by  every  Church  in  the  Presbytery,  with  its  organizations,  Feb- 
ruary 28-March  7,  1954,  and  that  all  Sessions  be  urged  to  arrange  for 
supplemental   offerings  in  the   Churches. 

Horace  L.  Thomas,  Chairman 

Report  of  Subcommittee  on  Woman's  Work — A  report  of 
the  Subcommittee  on  Woman's  Work  was  read  and  received 
as  information. 

Next  Meeting — The  Session  of  the  Williams  Memorial 
Church  invited  the  Presbytery  to  meet  with  them  for  the 
spring  meeting.  The  invitation  was  accepted. 

Manual  Change  Adopted — The  following  change  in  the 
Manual  was  adopted  upon  second  reading. 

1.  That  there  be  nine  regular  members  on  the  Subcommittee  of 
Religious  Education  plus  the  four  ex-officio  members. 

2.  That  the  nine  members  be  in  three  classes  of  three  each  and 
serving  three  years. 

3.  That  the  classes  of  1954  and  1955  be  increased  to  three  by  the 
election  of  one  additional  member  and  that  the  class  of  1956  consist  of 
three  members. 

Manual  Change  Introduced — The  following  Manual  Change 
was  adopted  on  first  reading. 

That  the  Manual  be  changed  so  that  the  financial  reports  of  the 
treasurers  of  Presbytery's  funds  be  called  upon  to  report  at  the  January 
meeting  and  that  the  Auditor's  Report  be  made  not  later  than  the  April 
meeting. 

Property  Deed — The  matter  of  transferring  the  deed  to  the 
property  of  the  Star  Presbyterian  Church  was  presented  to 
the  Presbytery.  This  was  referred  to  the  Subcommittee  on 
Home  Missions  for  its  recommendations  to  the  Presbytery. 

Committee  to  Study  Methods  of  Electing  Commissioners — 

The  Presbytery  voted  to  appoint  a  Committee  to  study  the 


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methods  of  electing  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly. 
The  appointment  of  the  Committee  was  referred  to  the  Com- 
mittee on  Nominations. 

Pastoral  Relationship  Dissolved — The  Rev.  J.  W.  Stork  re- 
quested that  the  Pastoral  Relationship  existing  between  him 
and  the  Mt.  Gilead  and  Pee  Dee  Churches  be  dissolved  and 
that  he  be  granted  a  letter  of  Transfer  to  East  Alabama  Pres- 
bytery. After  hearing  from  the  Churches,  the  Presbytery  dis- 
solved the  Pastoral  relationship  and  granted  a  letter  of  trans- 
fer. The  Stated  Clerk  was  requested  to  write  a  letter  of  Com- 
mendation to  East  Alabama  Presbytery. 

Recess — The  Presbytery  recessed  for  lunch  at  1  P.M.  after 
being  led  in  prayer. 

AFTERNOON  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  at  2  P.M.  and  was  led  in  prayer  by 
the  Rev.  M.  B.  Prince. 

Moderator  Nominated — The  Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger  was 
elected  Moderator-Nominee  for  the  next  meeting  of  Presby- 
tery. 

Commissioners  to  General  Assembly  Elected — ^The  follow- 
ing Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly  were  elected. 


MINISTERS 

Principals 

Alternates 

1.    C.H.Rowan 

1. 

E.  B.  Cooper 

2.    J.  A.  Jones 

2. 

W.  T.  Smith 

3.    Watt  M.Cooper 

3. 

W.  J.Huneycutt 

4.    M.  G.  Lyerly 

4. 

D.  E.  Wilkinson 

5.    Warner  L.Hall 

5. 

B.  F.  Moore 

6.    KirkN.  Nesbit 

6. 

R.  L.  Balnicky 

7.    F.  Clyde  Pratt 

7. 

B.  F.  Ferguson 

8.    C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 

8. 

R.  W.  Rayburn 

RULING  ELDERS 

Principals 

Alternates 

1.    W.E.Price, 

1. 

Dr.  T.  D.  Sparrow, 

Caldwell  Memorial 

Charlotte  First 

2.    S.H.McCall, 

2. 

R.  S.  Hutchison, 

Troy 

Covenant 

3.    T.  M.  Glasgow, 

3. 

Randolph  Norton, 

Myers  Park 

Sardis 

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4.  McAlister  Carson,  4.    J.  Reid  Abernathy, 
Charlotte  First                                    "^^  Sugaw  Creek 

5.  W.  H.  Morrison,  5.    A.  R.  Pegram, 
Monroe  First  Tenth  Avenue 

6.  John  G.  Boyd,  6.    W.  D.  Vanderburg, 
Pleasant  Hills  Pageland 

7.  H.H.Everett,  7.    John  C.  Ashcraft, 
Trinity  Plaza 

8.  Vester  McLaughlin,  8.    Charles  A.  Hunter, 
Mallard  Creek  South  Park 

Amendments  to  the  Book  of  Church  Order — The  Proposed 
Amendments  to  the  Confession  of  Faith  and  the  Book  of 
Church  Order  were  considered  seriatim  and  were  all  approved. 
The  Stated  Clerk  was  directed  to  forward  an  official  voting 
sheet  to  the  Stated  Clerk  of  the  General  Assembly. 

Bi-Centennial  Celebration — Mr.  R.  A.  Grier  made  a  verbal 
report  of  the  progress  of  the  Bi-Centennial  Celebration  Com- 
mittee which  was  received  as  information. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Installations — The  following  Re- 
port of  the  Committee  on  Installations  was  read  and  adopted : 

To  install  the  Rev.  D.  L.  Barker  as  pastor  of  the  Cameronian  Presby- 
terian Church,  February  7,  1954  at  3  P.M.  Dr.  W.  M.  Boyce  to  preside; 
Rev.  Carl  Miller  to  preach  the  sermon;  Rev.  A.  T.  Taylor  to  charge  the 
Minister;  Elder  F.  L.  Pickett  to  charge  the  congregation;  Alternate 
Elders  Hewitt  Haney  and  Paul  May. 

To  install  the  Rev.  D.  L.  Barker  as  pastor  of  the  Park  Avenue 
Church,  February  7,  1954  at  7:30  P.M.  Rev.  Carl  Miller  to  preside;  Dr. 
W.  M.  Boyce  to  preach  the  sermon;  Rev.  A.  T.  Taylor  to  charge  the 
Minister;  Elder  F.  L.  Pickett  to  charge  the  congregation;  Alternate 
Elders,  Paul  May  and  Hewitt  Haney.  Quorum:  Two  Ministers,  one  Elder. 

To  install  the  Rev.  Andrew  A.  Allen  as  pastor  of  the  Amay  James 
Presbyterian  Church,  Sunday,  January  31,  1954  at  7:30  P.M.  Rev.  David 
Wilkinson  to  preach  the  sermon;  Dr.  R.  H.  Stone  to  preside;  Dr.  Robert 
Turner,  alternate;  Elder  Rufus  Grier  to  charge  the  Minister;  E.  C.  Good- 
win to  charge  the  Congregation. 

Report  of  Subcommittee  on  Religious  Education — The  fol- 
lowing Report  of  the  Subcommittee  on  Religious  Education 
was  read  and  adopted: 

The  Subcommittee  on  Religious  Education  of  Mecklenburg  Presby- 
tery feels  that  it  has  just  concluded  a  successful  year's  work  in  the 
various  areas  that  are  assigned  to   it. 

In  Leadership  Training  full  co-operation  was  given  the  Queens- 
Charlotte  School  of  Religion  which  was  well  attended  by  members  of 
the  Presbyterian  churches  of  the  community.  On  November  15-17,  1953, 
a  Leadership  School  was  held  at  Candor  for  the  members  of  the  eleven 
churches   in  that   area. 


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The  Senior  High  conference  was  held  at  Camp  Stewart  on  July  6-11, 
1953  under  the  able  direction  of  Rev.  David  Wilkinson.  There  were  147 
delegates  and  19  faculty  members  who  attended  and  used  the  theme 
"This  I  Believe."  It  was  felt  that  the  young  people  went  out  from  the 
conference  with  a  greater  knowledge  of  and  a  stronger  faith  in  our  basic 
doctrines.  A  Fall  Rally  for  Seniors  was  held  on  December  6,  1953  at 
Caldwell   Memorial   Presbyterian   Church. 

The  Pioneer  camp  was  held  in  two  sections,  during  June  1953,  and 
was  ably  directed  by  Rev.  Hugh  Carter.  Both  sections  of  the  camp  were 
full  to  capacity  and  excellent  work  was  done.  We,  on  the  committee,  feel 
keenly  the  loss  of  Mr.   Carter  in  our  program. 

Vacation  Bible  Schools  were  held  in  most  of  the  churches  in  the 
Presbytery,  and  the  attendance  was  most  gratifying. 

Two  Men^s  Rallies  were  held  during  the  last  church  year.  The  first 
was  held  in  the  late  spring  at  the  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Charlotte, 
with  Dr.  Marshall  Dendy  as  the  speaker;  and  the  other,  in  the  fall  at 
the  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Albemarle,  with  Col.  Carl  LeCraw  as 
the  speaker.  Both  were  well  attended.  A  meeting  of  the  Sunday  School 
superintendents  and  the  D  R  E's  of  the  Presbytery  was  held  in  Novem- 
ber at  the  Myers  Park  Presbyterian  Church,  with  an  attendance  of  55. 

A  Young  Adult  Retreat  was  held  at  Camp  Stewart  in  July,  1953  over 
a  week-end.  Despite  a  good  program  and  careful  advance  planning,  the 
attendance   was    small. 

We  feel  that  great  strides  forward  were  made  at  Camp  Stewart  when 
a  full-time  supervisor  was  employed  to  oversee  the  camp  and  the  work 
of  the  caretaker.  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  has  a  tremendous  invest- 
ment at  stake  in  Camp  Stewart,  and  time  is  fast  taking  a  toll  of  some 
of  the  buildings. 

So  much  for  the  record  of  the  past  year,  which  we  believe  was  a 
good  one.  Let  us  look  at  the  plans  for  1954: 

In  Leadership  Education — A  school  will  be  held  at  the  First  Presby- 
terian Church,  Hamlet,  N.  C,  January  24,  25,  26,  1954.  A  North  Meck- 
lenburg School  of  Religion,  sponsored  jointly  by  Queens  College  and  the 
churches  in  that  area,  will  be  held  March  22-26,  1954.  A  Vacation  Bible 
School  Workshop  will  be  held  May  5  at  a  location  in  the  eastern  part  of 
the  Presbytery.  The  Queens-Charlotte  Vacation  Bible  School  Workshop 
will  be  held  late  in  April. 

In  Senior  High  Work — A  rally  for  the  Stanly,  Montgomery,  Rich- 
mond, and  Anson  area  will  be  held  at  the  Presbyterian  Church,  Nor- 
wood, on  February  14,  1954.  A  similar  rally  for  Union  District  will  be 
held  at  the  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Monroe,  on  February  21,  1954, 
and  one  for  Mecklenburg  at  Sugaw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church  on  Feb- 
ruary 28,  1954.  The  Senior  Conference  will  be  at  Camp  Stewart,  June 
14-19,  1954,  with  Rev.  David  Wilkinson  serving  as  its  director. 

In  Pioneer  Work — A  Pioneer  Conclave  will  be  held  Saturday,  May 
1,  1954,  at  Camp  Stewart.  The  first  section  of  Pioneer  Camp  will  be 
at  Camp  Stewart  June  21-26,  1954,  with  Rev.  Wylie  Hogue,  Director, 
and  the  second  section,  the  following  week,  June  28-July  3,  1954,  with 
Rev.  James  R.  Crook,  Director.  A  training  course  for  the  adult  advisors 
to  Pioneers  will  be  held  March  29,  1954  at  a  time  and  place  to  be 
announced  later. 


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Children*s  Work — A  laboratory  class  for  teachers  of  nursery  chil- 
dren will  be  held  February  8-11,  1954  in  the  morning  9:30-11:30  at  Myers 
Park  Presbyterian  Church.  Miss  Adeline  Hill  will  be  the  leading  teacher. 
There  will  be  a  group  of  children  being  taught,  and  the  teachers  attend- 
ing will  observe.  Registrations  will  be  limited,  but  it  is  desirable  to  have 
representation  from  every  church. 

Men's  Work — Since  the  Men's  Work  has  been  organized  into  dis- 
tricts with  a  vice  president  in  each,  there  will  be  a  conference  or  rally 
held  in  each  of  the  seven  districts  of  the  Presbytery  during  the  year. 

Young  Adult  Work — Plans  will  be  announced  later. 

Camp  Stewart — A  committee  is  working  to  see  that  the  camp  is  in 
as  good  physical  condition  as  the  financial  support  will  allow. 

Your  Subcommittee  would  like  to  present  the  following  recommenda- 
tions: 

1.  That  all  churches  be  urged  to  observe  Sunday,  January  31,  1954 
as  Assembly's  Youth  Sunday  and  that  an  offering  be  sent  to  the  support 
of  Presbytery's  Youth  Council. 

2.  That  all  churches  be  urged  to  give  full  publicity  and  support  to 
the  Men's  Convention  in  New  Orleans,  October  15,  16,  17,  1954. 

3.  That  the  Subcommittee  be  authorized  to  make  a  study  of  the 
physical  needs  of  Camp  Stewart,  both  from  a  standpoint  of  replacement 
and  additions  and  bring  in  definite  recommendations  of  the  Fall  Meeting 
of  Presbytery,  1954. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

James  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr.,  Chairman 

Report  of  Committee  on  Nominations — The  following  re- 
port of  the  Committee  on  Nominations  was  read  and  adopted. 

Your  Committee  on  Nominations  presents  the  following  Nomina- 
tions : 

1.  For  the  Committee  to  study  methods  of  Nominating  Commission- 
ers to  the   General  Assembly: 

Rev,  Roswell  C.  Long,  chairman;  Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Rev.  J.  C.  Law- 
rence, Elder  W.  E.  Price,  Elder  McAlister  Carson. 

2.  For  the  Subcommittee  on  Home  Missions: 

Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller  to  take  the  place  of  Rev.  W.  I.  Howell. 

3.  For   the    Subcommittee    on    Homes: 

Rev.  Milos  Strupl  to  take  the  place  of  Rev.  J.  B.  Holder. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Presbytery's  Records — ^The  fol- 
lowing Report  of  the  Committee  on  Presbytery's  Records  was 
read  and  adopted. 

The  Committee  on  Presbytery's  Records  has  examined  the  Minutes 
of  the  201st  and  202nd  Stated  Sessions,  together  with  called  and  ad- 
journed meetings  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery.  It  has  found  the  records 
to  be  in  excellent  order.  The  Committee  recommends  that  Presbytery 
express  appreciation  to  the  Clerks  for  the  efficient  manner  in  which  they 
have  kept  the  records. 

Ben  F.  Moore,  Chairman 


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Report  of  Committee  on  Sessional  Records — The  Commit- 
tee on  Sessional  Records  made  the  following  report  which  was 
adopted. 

The  Sessional  records  were  examined  by  the  Presbytery  as  a  Com- 
mittee of  the  whole  and  exceptions  were  noted.  The  Sessions  were  re- 
minded of  the  exceptions.  The  Committee  also  calls  attention  of  the 
Sessions  that  some  of  the  records  are  not  in  a  form  which  will  insure 
their  preservation.  Care  should  be  taken  to  guard  against  loss  of  pages 
from  the  records.  In  this  regard  we  recommend  special  care  of  loose  leaf 
books.  Pages  of  these  books  should  be  numbered. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Resolutions — The  Committee  on 
Resolutions  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  meeting  in  203rd   stated   session   at   Cove- 
nant Presbyterian  Church  of  Charlotte,  expresses  grateful  appreciation: 
To  Ministers,  staff  and  officers  of  Covenant  Church  for  courtesy  and 
hospitality  in  placing  at  our  disposal  the  facilities  of  their  newly  com- 
pleted structure; 

To  Dr.  Warner  Hall  and  the  Rev.  Robert  Turner  for  guidance  and 
helpful  information; 

To  the  women  of  Covenant  Church  for  a  delicious  and  most  satisfy- 
ing meal; 

To  Mr.  R.  S.  Hutchison  for  most  interesting  and  informative  history 
of  the   Covenant  Church. 

The  Presbytery  would  further  assure  the  Covenant  Church  of  their 
mutual  gratification  upon  the  manifest  evidence  of  their  progress  to 
date,  and  of  their  earnest  prayers  for  God's  continued  guidance  and 
abundant  blessings  upon  their  future  efforts. 

The  Presbytery  would  also  make  available  to  the  Ministers  and 
Congregation  of  Covenant  Church  copies  of  this  resolution. 

Respectfully  submitted, 
Committee  on  Resolutions 
C.  McDonald  Coffey 
Grier  Wallace 
H.  P.  Cathey 
Rev.   Howard   Chadwick,   Chairman 

Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

The  Presbytery  adjourned  with  prayer  by  Rev.  C.  Don 
Coffey  to  meet  at  the  Williams  Memorial  Presbyterian 
Church,  Route  No.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C,  at  9  A.M.  on  April  20, 
1954. 

Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Moderator 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 
B.  F.  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


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The  Two  Hundred  Fourth 

Stated  Session  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


Williams  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church, 
Route  No.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
April  20,  1954. 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundred 
Fourth  Stated  Session  in  the  Williams  Memorial  Presbyterian 
Church,  Route  No.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C,  at  9  A.M.  on  the  above 
date. 

The  Moderator,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  presided  and  led  the 
opening  exercises.  The  Rev.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  led  the  opening 
prayer.  The  Rev.  Harold  D.  Hayward  read  the  Scripture.  The 
Moderator  preached  the  sermon  based  on  the  text  Matthew 
5:16. 

The  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper  was  celebrated.  The 
Sacrament  was  administered  by  Rev.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit  and  Rev. 
Homer  A.  Spencer  assisted  by  ruling  elders  in  attendance. 

History  of  the  Williams  Memorial  Church — ^The  History  of 
the  Williams  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church  was  distributed 
to  the  Presbytery  in  printed  form.  It  was  adopted  and  is  as 
follows. 

HISTORY  OF  WILLIAMS  MEMORIAL  PRESBYTERIAN  CHURCH 

Williams  Chapel  of  which  Williams  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church 
is  the  outgrowth  was  located  five  miles  from  the  heart  of  Charlotte, 
North  Carolina,  on  the  Beatie's  Ford  Road.  The  community  in  which  it 
was  located  was  a  mining  district  with  the  usual  vices.  In  fact,  a  bar 
room  stood  directly  across  the  road  from  the  brush  arbor  in  which  Rev. 
J.  C.  Williams  of  Hopewell  Presbyterian  Church  came  to  preach  to  those 
interested. 

Soon  the  interested  group  increased  and  the  need  for  a  building  was 
evident.  Rev.  Mr.  Williams  had  been  called  to  his  final  rest  and  Rev. 
Frank  Leeper  had  succeeded  him  at  Hopewell.  The  outpost  of  Williams 
Chapel  was  still  active — so  much  so  that  in  1881  a  building  lot  of  two 
acres  was  purchased  from  Mr.  McRhee  and  during  the  summer  a  frame 
building  with  a  seating  capacity  of  three  to  four  hundred  was  erected. 
Rev.  W.  E.  Mcllwain  then  became  pastor  at  Hopewell. 


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Before  the  year  closed,  an  active  Sunday  School  was  in  progress  and 
some  twenty-eight  people  had  united  with  the  Chapel.  For  the  next  four 
years,  the  work  showed  much  promise.  From  the  minutes  of  Mecklen- 
burg Presbjrtery  dated  "Paw  Creek,  March  27,  1885,"  one  reads: 

"A  petition  for  the  organization  of  a  church  at  a  place,  known  as 
"Williams  Chapel,"  in  the  bounds  of  Hopewell  Congregation  (Mecklen- 
burg Co.),  was  presented  by  Rev.  Wm.  E.  Mcllwain.  The  Petition  set 
forth  reasons  for  a  separate  organization.  The  matter  was  considered 
and  Presbytery  directed  the  Ex.  Com.  Home  Missions  to  organize  a 
Church,  if  they  find  the  way  clear."  (Rec.  Meek.  Pby.,  V.  3,  1883-87,  p. 
187.) 

Then  from  the  report  to  the  Presbytery  meeting  at  Swannanoa  Aug. 
27,  1885  the  following  is  found  in  the  minutes  of  that  meeting: 

"The  Commission  instructed  at  last  Spring  Meeting  to  organize  a 
Church  in  Mecklenburg  Co.  made  the  following  report  which  was  ap- 
proved: 

"According  to  the  order  of  Presbytery  made  in  March  last  at  Paw 
Creek,  a  Presbyterian  Church  was  organized  in  Mecklenburg  County  on 
the  25th  day  of  April,  1885,  with  73  members  from  Hopewell  Church,  & 
3  members  from  Paw  Creek  Ch.  making  the  whole  membership  76.  By 
a  Unanimous  vote  the  new  Church  was  named  WILLIAMS  MEMORIAL 
CHURCH  in  honor  of  Rev.  J.  C.  Williams  deceased  a  former  pastor  of 
Hopewell  Ch.  who  preached  frequently  at  a  stand  in  the  grove  near  the 
new  Church  Building  in  which  the  members  were  organized  into  a 
Church  of  our  Order.  I.  A.  Frazier,  B.  F.  Brown,  &  J.  C.  Hutchison  were 
elected  elders,  &  J.  L.  Jamison  &  W.  H.  Puckett  Deacons;  and  they  were 
ordained  and  installed  to  their  respective  offices. 

"It  is  recommended  that  Presbytery  receive  and  enroll  this  New 
Church  organization  under  the  name  &  style  of  the  WILLIAMS  MEMO- 
RIAL CHURCH. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

A.  M.  Watson,  Chm.,  in  behalf  of 

Ex.  Com.  Home  Missions.  (Recs.V.3.p.206)" 

The  church  was  originally  a  frame  structure  consisting  of  one  large 
room  with  a  pulpit  at  one  end.  At  this  altar,  E.  H.  Little,  President 
emeritus  of  the  Colgate-Palmolive-Peet  Co.  was  the  first  baby  baptized. 
Later  this  building  was  remodeled  by  adding  a  vestibule  and  two  class 
rooms  at  the  front.  In  the  spring  of  1923  this  building  was  torn  down 
and  a  brick  veneer  building  was  erected.  In  addition  to  the  auditorium, 
there  were  seven  Sunday  School  rooms  in  the  building.  On  November  14, 
1948,  the  Congregation  voted  to  undertake  a  program  to  build  an  edu- 
cational building  and  remodel  the  Sanctuary.  The  buildings  were  com- 
pleted and  used  for  worship  on  Sunday,  December  25,  1949. 

Spiritual  growth  is  evidenced  by  the  fact  that  four  sons  of  the 
Church  have  entered  the  ministry.  They  are  Rev.  Charles  H.  Little,  Rev. 
Fred  E.  Gray,  Rev.  Coyte  Hunter,  and  Rev.  J.  Kennedy  McConnell.  One 
member,  Marcus  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  is  now  preparing  for  full  time  service. 
Evidence  is  noted,  too,  by  the  number  who  have  gladly  served  the  local 
Church  in  official  capacities  and  have  been  active  in  interdenominational 
organizations. 


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The  various  organizations  within  the  Church  proper,  such  as  Sunday 
School,  Choir,  Women  of  the  Church,  Men  of  the  Church,  and  the  Young 
People  have  been  active  since  the  organization  using  the  appropriate 
name  for  the  given  period. 

The  Charter  Officers  were,  Mr.  I.  A.  Frazier,  Mr.  B.  L.  Brown,  and 
Mr.  J.  C.  Hutchison,  elders;  Mr.  J.  L.  Jamison  and  Mr.  W.  H.  Puckett, 
deacons. 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  enrolled  during 
the  meeting. 

Ministers— J.  W.  Grier,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  W.  H.  Johnston,  B.  F.  Yan- 
dell,  J.  C.  Grier,  A.  T.  Taylor,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B.  Neill,  R.  A.  Young, 
C.  M.  Boyd,  D.  K.  Snyder,  W.  T.  Smith,  J.  A.  Jones,  R.  H.  Stone,  F.  C. 
Debele,  Jr.,  C.  G.  McClure,  S.  M.  Inman,  J.  0.  Mann,  F.  C.  Pratt,  Jones 
Barclay,  W.  M.  Walsh,  F.  S.  Johnston,  S.  M.  Glasgow,  A.  L.  Thompson, 
W.  A.  Gamble,  R.  F.  Whitley,  Warner  L.  Hall,  T.  W.  MacLean,  Homer 
A.  Spencer,  J.  A.  Carricker,  H.  S.  Robinson,  S.  M.  Hutchison,  C.  H. 
Rowan,  R.  C.  Long,  J.  C.  Lawrence,  H.  G.  Bedinger,  C.  S.  Miller,  B.  F. 
Moore,  Watt  M.  Cooper,  H.  D.  Hayward,  G.  Dana  Waters,  W.  J.  Huney- 
cutt, S.  H.  Zealy,  W.  B.  McSwain,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  D.  E.  Wilkinson, 
E.  B.  Cooper,  Ira  H.  Rawles,  L.  I.  Stell,  M.  G.  Lyerly,  R.  W.  Rayburn, 
H.  L.  Thomas,  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce,  R.  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  Mc- 
Lean, G.  A.  Fletcher,  R.  G.  Laurens,  R.  G.  Balnicky,  S.  W.  Yandle,  J.  E. 
Wayland,  Jr.,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  B.  F.  Ferguson,  James  R.  Crook,  Miles 
Strupl,  Crawford  A.  White,  J.  S.  Garner,  H.  S.  Schum,  S.  W.  Hogue,  O. 
Don  Coffey,  I.  Howard  Chadwick,  Robert  Turner,  W.  S.  Boyce,  Dwight 
L.  Barker,  Andrew  A.  Allen  and  Richard  V.  Colen — 76. 

Ruling  Elders — J.  W.  Lyerly,  Albemarle  First;  Walter  Crook,  Altan; 
James  F.  Cooley,  Amay  James;  J.  L.  Donaldson,  Amity;  J.  E.  Kimbrel, 
Avondale;  L.  A.  Fesperman,  Badin;  F.  P.  Stephenson,  Banks;  Curtis 
Moore,  Benton  Heights;  W.  M.  Knox,  Bethel;  J.  W.  Cross,  Camp  Greene; 
E.  L.  Grier,  Central  Steele  Creek;  Samuel  W.  Smith,  Charlotte  First; 
Earl  B.  Clanton,  Clanton  Memorial;  E.  H.  Austin,  Commonwealth;  John 
T.  McClure,  Cook's  Memorial;  Arthur  L.  Craig,  Covenant;  E.  L.  Conder, 
Eastminster;  W.  S.  McRae,  Ellerbe;  J.  E.  McLauchlin,  Hamlet;  W.  M. 
Barnett,  Hopewell;  J.  F.  Henderson,  Huntersville;  W.  J.  Lee,  Indian 
Hill;  T.  A.  Biggers,  Indian  Trail;  Joe  Clontz,  Locust;  D.  J.  McCaskill, 
Macedonia;  J.  M.  McLauchlin,  Mark's  Creek;  Dr.  C.  A.  Bolt,  Marsh- 
ville;  J.  E.  Williams,  Matthews;  N.  C.  Long,  McGee;  J.  C.  Reid,  Jr., 
McQuay  Memorial;  W.  F.  Wall,  Monroe  First;  L.  V.  V/all,  Morven;  D. 
H.  Dunn,  Mulberry;  C.  E.  Brewer,  Jr.,  Myers  Park;  J.  D.  Watkins, 
Newell;  W.  L.  Howie,  North  Charlotte;  R.  B.  Winchester,  Norwood; 
H.  H.  Houston,  Pageland;  Paul  H.  Many,  Park  Avenue;  Worth  Camp- 
bell, Paw  Creek;  J.  W.  Flowe,  Philadelphia;  John  D.  Elliott,  Plaza; 
P.  P.  Patterson,  Providence;  Lamont  Mayes,  Ramah;  H.  C.  Sullivan, 
Robinson;  W.  P.  Summerville,  St.  Andrews;  W.  A,  Collier,  St.  Paul; 
C.  L.  Hooks,  Sardis;  J.  R.  Graham,  Selwyn  Avenue;  W.  B.  Kiser,  Sharon; 
Lloyd  Price,  Siler;  Charles  A.  Hunter,  South  Park;  Herbert  Brown, 
Star;  Gay  Privette,  Stephenson;  W.  W.  Welch,  Sugaw  Creek;  C.  L. 
Elliott,   Tenth  Avenue;   J.   F.   Lineberger,   Thomasboro;    H.    A.    Smoak, 


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Trinity;  J.  C.  Richardson,  Turner;  C.  H.  Ferguson,  Wadesboro;  E.  P. 
McCain,  Walker sville;  Henry  H.  Massey,  Waxhaw;  R.  S.  Wilkinson, 
West  Avenue;  Boyce  M.  Brown,  Westminster;  R.  Earl  Walters,  West- 
over  Hills;  W.  F.  Caldwell,  Williams  Memorial;  L.  C.  Helms,  Wil- 
more — 67. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  were 
introduced. 

The  following  Ministers  were  introduced  and  asked  to  sit  as  visit- 
ing brethren:  Rev.  Coyte  Hunter,  Rev.  J.  H.  Stokes,  Rev.  W.  C.  Neal, 
Rev.  R.  V.  Colen. 

The  Assistant  Clerk  announced  that  a  quorum  was  present. 

Moderator  Elected — ^The  Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Moderator- 
Nominee,  was  elected  Moderator. 

Report   of   Committee   on   Arrangements — The   following 
Report  of  the  Committee  was  read  and  adopted 

Your  Committee  on  Arrangements  recommends  that  the  Presbytery 
follow  the  printed  docket  with  the  following  modifications: 

1.  That   the    second   order   after   lunch   be    devoted    to    hearing    an 
address  on  CROP. 

2.  That  the  third  order  after  lunch  be  devoted  to  the  report  of  the 
Subcommittee   on  Woman's   Work. 

3.  That  the  fourth  order  after  lunch  be  devoted  to  hearing  an  ad- 
dress by  the  president  of  the  Men  of  the  Presbytery. 

4.  That  the  Presbytery  recess  at  1:00  P.M.  for  lunch  and  reconvene 
at  2:00  P.M. 


5.    Candidates   to   preach. 


Rev.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  Chairman 
Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper 
Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr. 


THE  DOCKET 

1.  Opening  Exercises — Retiring  Moderator's   Sermon — 

Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper. 

2.  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper. 

3.  Memorials. 

4.  History  of  the  Williams  Memorial  Church — Rev.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr. 

5.  Enrollment:    Members   of   Presbytery,   Visiting   Brethren,   Introduc- 

tion of  Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time. 

6.  Election  of  Moderator — Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Nominee. 

7.  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements — Rev.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr. 

8.  Appointment  of  Standing  Committees: 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial   Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Synod's  Minutes. 


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9.    Communications. 

10.  Report  of  Commissions: 

1.  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  R.  C.  Long. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 

11.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

12.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

13.  Report  of  Executive  and  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Committee  on  Church  Extension — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward. 

2.  Presbytery's    Council — Rev.    W.    M.    Boyce. 

3.  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters. 

4.  Subcommittee  on  Women's  Work — Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn. 

14.  Report  of  Standing  Committees: 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial    Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Synod's  Minutes. 

15.  Unfinished  Business: 

1.  Special  Committees. 

2.  Change  of  Manual. 

16.  New  Business. 

17.  Place  of  Next  Meeting.  (McQuay  Memorial  Church.) 

18.  Nomination  of  Moderator.  (First  Order  after  luch.) 

19.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

20.  Adjournment. 

Appointment  of  Standing  Committees — The  following 
Standing  Committees  were  appointed  by  the  Moderator. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures — Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  chairman;  Rev.  W.  B. 
Neill,  M.  R.  Craig,  J.  T.  McClure. 

1.  Installations — Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  chairman;  Rev.  W.  T.  Smith, 
W.  P.  Sommerville,  Paul  Many. 

3.  Judicial  Business — Rev.  C.  S.  Miller,  chairman;  Rev.  W.  M. 
Walsh,  R.  W.  Davenport,  J.  E.  McLauchlin. 

4.  Resolutions — Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle,  chairman;  Rev.  W.  B.  McSwain, 
W.  S.  McRae,  J.  D.  Walters. 

5.  Synod's  Minutes — Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  chairman;  Rev.  J.  R.  Crook, 
R.  B.  Winchester,  Vernon  Wall. 

Communications — The  following  Communications  were 
read  and  disposed  of  as  indicated. 

1.  From  the  following  Ministers  asking  to  be  excused  from  the 
meeting  of  Presbytery:  Rev.  F.  R.  McAlister,  Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer, 
Rev.  R.  F.  Boyd,  Rev.  W.  G.  Workman,  Rev.  J.  Gilbert  Kirckhoff,  Rev. 
Olin  M.  Whitener.  The  requests  were   granted. 

2.  From  William  M.  Plonk  requesting  transfer  as  a  candidate  to 
East  Hanover  Presbytery.  The  request  was  granted. 


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3.  From  the  Session  of  the  Lee  Park  Church  requesting  permission 
to  change  the  name  of  the  Church  to  East  Monroe.  The  request  was 
granted. 

4.  From  the  Session  of  the  McQuay  Memorial  Church  inviting  the 
Presbytery  to  hold  its  July  meeting  in  this  Church.  The  invitation  was 
accepted. 

5.  From  Rev.  John  N.  Miller  expressing  his  appreciation  of  the  fel- 
lowship and  friendship  of  the  members  of  the  Presbytery  while  he 
was  a  Candidate  under  the  care  of  the  Presbytery.  This  was  received 
as  information. 

6.  From  Chaplain  James  B.  Reaves  the  report  of  his  activities.  This 
was   received  as  information. 

Report  of  Commission  on  Minister  and  His  Work — The  fol- 
lowing report  of  the  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His 

Work  was  read  and  admitted  to  record. 

Since  the  last  meeting  of  Presbytery  your  Commission  has  transacted 
the  following  business: 

1.  Dismissed:  Candidate  John  A.  McLaney  to  Louisville  Presbytery 
and  Candidate  John  Miller  to  Albemarle   Presbytery. 

2.  Dissolved  the  relationship  between  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  and  the  St. 
Andrews  Church;  and  the  relationship  between  Rev.  H.  L.  Thomas  and 
the  South  Park  Church.  Rev.  H.  L.  Thomas  was  granted  a  letter  of 
transfer  to  Matoon  Presbytery,  U.  S.  A.   Church. 

3.  Approved  calls  for  the  services  of  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  for  work 
under  the  Home  Missions  subcommittee  in  the  Woodlawn  area;  for  the 
services  of  Rev.  Bland  Dudley  at  McQuay  Memorial;  and  for  the  serv- 
ices of  Rev.  W.  F.  Mitchell  at  Sunset  Hills. 

Roswell   Long,   Chairman 

Report  of  Other  Commissions — The  following  Commissions 
made  their  reports  which  were  admitted  to  record. 

1.    To  install  Rev.  Dwight  L.  Barker. 

Commission  to  install  Dwight  L.  Barker  as  pastor  of  Park  Avenue 
Church,  Rockingham,  N.  C. 

The  Commission  appointed  to  install  Rev.  Dwight  L.  Barker  as 
pastor  of  Park  Avenue  Church,  Rockingham,  N.  C,  met  at  7:30  P.M. 
February  14,  1954  at  Park  Avenue,  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller  was  chairman  of 
the  Commission.  A.  T.  Taylor  offered  the  opening  prayer  and  was  ap- 
pointed secretary  of  the  meeting.  Other  members  of  the  Commission 
present  were  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller  and  Elders  Frank  McLeod  and  Paul 
Many. 

The  Commission  then  met  with  the  congregation  in  a  service  of 
worship.  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller  presided  at  this  service.  Dr.  W.  M.  Boyce 
preached  the  sermon,  using  as  his  text  John  10:10.  His  subject  being 
"The  Purpose  of  His  Coming."  The  Constitutional  questions  were  pro- 
pounded by  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller  and  having  been  answered  in  the  affirm- 
ative by  pastor  and  people,  the  pastoral  relationship  was  declared  estab- 
lished. Rev.  A.  T.  Taylor  charged  the  pastor.  Mr.  Frank  McLeod  gave 
the  charge  to  the  congregation.  The  benediction  was  pronounced  by  the 
newly   installed   pastor,   Dwight   L.    Barker. 


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The  new  minister  was  welcomed  by  the  officers  and  members  of  the 
congregation  at  the  close  of  the  service.  After  the  service  the  Com- 
mission retired  and  reviewed  and  approved  the  minutes  and  adjourned 
with  prayer  by  Mr.  Frank  McLeod. 

Carl  S.  Miller,  Chairman, 
A.   T.   Taylor,   Secretary 

Commission  to  install  Rev.  Dwight  L.  Barker. 

The  Commission  appointed  to  install  Rev.  Dwight  L.  Barker  as  pas- 
tor of  Cameronian  Church,  Rockingham,  N.  C,  met  at  Cameronian 
Church  at  3  P.M.  on  February  14,  1954.  The  Chairman  of  the  Commis- 
sion, Dr.  W.  M.  Boyce  constituted  the  meeting  with  prayer.  Rev.  A.  T. 
Taylor  was  appointed  secretary.  Other  members  present  were:  Carl  S. 
Miller,  A.  T.  Taylor  and  Elder  Frank  McLeod  of  First  Presbyterian 
Church,  Rockingham,  N.  C. 

The  Commission  then  united  with  the  congregation  in  a  service  of 
worship  led  by  the  chairman.  Dr.  W.  M.  Boyce.  The  sermon  from  the 
text  Exodus  4:2  was  preached  by  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller,  whose  theme  was 
"What  is  That  in  Thine  Hand?"  The  Constitutional  questions  pro- 
pounded by  the  chairman  having  been  answered  in  the  affirmative  by 
pastor  and  people,  the  declaration  of  the  installation  was  announced 
by  Dr.  Boyce.  The  charge  to  the  pastor  was  given  by  Rev.  A.  T.  Tay- 
lor. The  charge  to  the  congregation  was  given  by  Elder  Frank  McLeod. 
The  benediction  was  pronounced  by  the  newly  elected  pastor,  Dwight  L. 
Barker.  The  new  minister  was  welcomed  by  the  officers  and  members  of 
the  congregation  at  the  close  of  the  service.  After  the  service  the  Com- 
mission retired,  reviewed  and  approved  the  minutes  and  adjourned  with 
prayer  by  Rev.   Carl   S.   Miller. 

W.  M.  Boyce,  Chairman, 
A.   T.   Taylor,   Secretary 

Minister  Received — The  Rev.  Richard  V.  Colen  seeking 
membership  in  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  presented  a  certifi- 
cate of  Transfer  from  Buffalo-Niagara  Presbytery  of  the  Pres- 
byterian Church  in  the  U.S.A.  The  certificate  was  found  in  or- 
der and  the  Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine  Mr.  Colen  in 
accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church  Order. 
The  examination  was  approved  as  satisfactory  and  the  Rev. 
Richard  V.  Colen  was  enrolled  as  a  member  of  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery  upon  the  signing  of  the  Covenant. 

A  Call  from  the  Amity  Church  was  placed  in  his  hands 
and  accepted  by  him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  to  install 
him.  (See  report  of  Committee  on  Installations.) 

Report  of  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — The 

following  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education 
was  read  and  adopted: 

Report  of  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  to:  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery — April  20,  1954.  Meeting  at  Williams  Memorial  Presbyterian 
Church. 


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By  unanimous  recommendation,  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Edu- 
cation presents  the  following  men,  who  have  asked  to  be  received  as 
candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry  under  care  of  Mecklenburg  Pres- 
bytery: 

1.  Mr.  Charles  Emanuel  Cook,  Jr.  (Born  May  1,  1934  at  Greer,  South 
Carolina)  a  member  of  the  Commonwealth  Presbyterian  Church  at 
Charlotte.  Mr.  Cook  is  completing  his  second  year  at  Columbia  Bible 
College  and  will  begin  work  at  Presbyterian  College  in  the  fall  to  com- 
plete his  college  work.  He  plans  to  take  his  theological  training  at 
Columbia    Theological    Seminary,    Decatur,    Georgia. 

2.  Mr.  Harvey  Belton  Johnson  (Born  August  27,  1902)  a  member 
of  the  Thomasboro  Presbyterian  Church.  Mr.  Johnson  is  a  graduate  of 
Duke  University  and  the  American  College  of  Life  Underwriters.  He 
is  a  former  professional  baseball  player  and  for  the  past  four  years  has 
served  as  a  teacher  and  coach  at  Stuart  Robinson  School,  Blackey, 
Kentucky.  He  is  an  ordained  Elder.  Mr.  Johnson  is  married  and  has  a 
daughter.  He  plans  to  attend   Columbia   Theological   Seminary. 

3.  Mr.  David  Earl  Ross  (Born  September  14,  1935)  a  members  of  the 
Plaza  Presbyterian  Church.  Mr.  Ross  is  completing  his  freshman  year 
at  Kings  College,  Bristol,  Tenn.  He  plans  to  take  his  theological  train- 
ing  at   Columbia   Theological    Seminary,    Decatur,    Georgia. 

These  men  have  all  been  found  in  order  and  their  recommendations 
most  commendatory.  We  are  happy  to  recommend  them  to  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery  to  be  enrolled  as  candidates  for  the  Gospel  ministry  follow- 
ing their  examination. 

G.  Dana  Waters,  Chairman 
For  the   Committee 

We  would  also  present  Mr.  Bland  Dudley  and  Mr.  Fred  C.  Holder, 
candidates  for  the  Gospel  ministry  seeking  licensure  and  ordination. 

Mr.  Merle  Bland  Dudley  has  completed  his  theological  training  at 
Union  Theological  Seminary,  and  comes  to  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  as 
a  candidate  for  the  ministry  by  transfer  from  Montgomery  Presbytery, 
Synod  of  Virginia.  Both  his  thesis  (on  The  Problem  of  Authority),  and 
his  exegesis  (Romans  5:17-19)  have  been  found  in  order  and  well  pre- 
sented. His  sermon  will  be  preached  from  the  text:  Acts  20:17-35 — 
"Paul's  Concept  of  the  Christian  Ministry." 

Mr.  Dudley  is  married  and  has  accepted  a  call  to  the  McQuay  Memo- 
rial Presbyterian  Church  here  in  Charlotte,  pending  the  completion  of 
his  examination  before  the  Presbytery. 

Mr.  Fred  C.  Holder  has  completed  his  theological  training  at  Union 
Theological  Seminary,  and  comes  to  our  Presbytery  by  transfer  from 
Fayetteville  Presbytery,  Synod  of  North  Carolina — as  a  candidate  for 
the  ministry.  His  thesis  (Authority  in  the  Christian  Religion)  and  his 
exegesis  (Isaiah  52:13-53:12)  are  both  well  presented  and  found  in  or- 
der. His  sermon  is  to  be  preached  from  I  Corinthians  2:2. 

Mr.  Holder  has  accepted  a  call  to  the  Ramah  Presbyterian  Church, 
Route  No.  1,  Huntersville,  N.  C,  pending  his  examination  before  the 
Presbytery. 

The  Committee  recommends  these  men  to  the  Presbytery  for  exam- 
ination and  to  hear  their  sermons. 

G.  Dana  Walters,  Chairman 

For  the   Committee   on   Ministerial   Education 


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Candidate  Received — Mr.  Charles  Emanuel  Cook,  Jr.,  Mr. 
Harry  Belton  Johnson  and  Mr.  David  Earl  Ross  presented 
themselves  for  reception  as  Candidates  for  the  Gospel  Min- 
istry under  the  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery.  Having  ac- 
cepted the  recommendations  of  the  Committee  on  Ministerial 
Education,  the  Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine  these  men 
in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church  Or- 
der. The  examination  was  approved  as  satisfactory.  Rev. 
David  E.  Wilkinson  charged  the  candidates  and  the  Rev.  F.  C. 
Debele,  Jr.,  led  the  prayer  of  dedication.  These  men  were  en- 
rolled as  Candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry  under  the  care 
of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery. 

Candidates  Examined  for  Licensure  and  Ordination — Mr. 

Merle  Bland  Dudley  of  Montgomery  Presbytery  and  Mr.  Fred 
C.  Holder  of  Fayetteville  Presbytery  presented  certificates 
of  transfer  which  were  found  in  order.  They  were  received  into 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery  as  Candidates  for  the  Gospel  Min- 
istry. Upon  the  recommendation  of  the  Committee  on  Minis- 
terial Education  these  men  were  examined  for  licensure  and 
ordination  according  to  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of  Chifv-ch 
Order.  Their  examination  including  the  preaching  of  their 
sermons  was  approved  as  satisfactory.  Here  the  examination 
was  arrested  and  Commissions  were  appointed  to  ordain  and 
install  Mr.  Dudley  and  Mr.  Holder  in  their  Churches.  (See 
Report  of  Committee  on  Installations.) 

Calls  from  the  McQuay  Church  and  the  Ramah  Church 
were  placed  in  the  hands  of  the  Commissions  to  be  placed  in 
the  hands  of  the  Ministers  at  the  service  of  Ordination  and 
Installation. 

Special  Prayer — The  Presbytery  paused  for  prayer  in  be- 
half of  our  Chaplains,  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  and  James  B.  Reeves. 
Also  included  in  the  prayer  were  Rev.  J.  Gilbert  Kirckhoff  and 
Rev.  Olin  M.  Whitner  who  are  ill. 

Petitions  for  Organization  of  Churches — The  following 
people  petitioned  the  Presbytery  to  organize  a  Church  on 
Woodlawn  Road. 

Mrs.  W.  McG.  Buck,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Z.  R.  Little,  R.  L.  Woodcock,  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  John  Leake,  Jr.,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  F.  N.  Littlejohn,  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Danile  S.  Ray,  III,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  L.  B.  Helms,  Jr.,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Harry  L. 
Neely,  Sr.,  Harry  L.  Neely,  Jr.,  George  O.  Neely,  Thomas  T.  White,  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  H.  C.  Lawing,  Jr.,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  David  White,  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Calvin  C.  Sloan,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Melvin  C.  Cook,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  R.  W. 
Blackwelder,  Jr.,  Roger  W.  Blackwelder,  Jr.,  Lenda  Kay  Blackwelder, 


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Robert  T,  Blackwelder,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Henry  Foard,  Alyce  Foard,  Jean 
Foard,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  D.  L.  Smith,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  James  A.  Zell,  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  A.  G.  Brown,  Jr.,  Mrs.  B.  H.  Mayberry,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  R.  W.  Black- 
welder,  Sr.,  Walter  L.  Blackwelder,  Francis  B.  Garner,  Mrs.  J.  Samuel 
Garner,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  C.  S.  Johnson,  W.  L.  Garmon,  Mrs.  W.  L.  Garmon, 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  M.  L.  Harkey,  Jr.,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  H.  A.  Wright,  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  Kermet  Lumley,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  D.  S.  MacRae,  Mrs.  S.  H.  Grainger, 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  T.  M.  Blackwelder,  Jr.,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  T.  W.  Hicks,  Jr.,  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  J.  I.  Patterson. 

The  following  people  petitioned  Presbytery  to  organize  a 
Church  on  Nations  Ford  Road  under  the  name  of  W.  H.  Belk 
Presbyterian  Church. 

We,  the  undersigned,  petition  you  to  organize  us  into  the  W.  H. 
Belk  Presbyterian  Church  on  Nations  Ford  Road: 

Don  Hill,  Mrs.  J.  W.  Allred,  W.  H.  Allred,  Ruth  Allred,  Mrs.  C.  E. 
Kay,  Cora  Lee  Snipes,  P.  S.  Snipes,  Esther  Honbarger,  Arthur  Hon- 
barger,  Mrs.  A.  W.  Barnes,  A.  W.  Barnes,  Margaret  Nixon,  Ray  Nixon, 
Victor  J.  Carpenter,  Evelyn  Hill  Carpenter,  Roy  L.  McKain,  Mary  B. 
McKain,  George  W.  Hager,  Gracis  Elizabeth  Hager,  James  Autry, 
Johnnie  R.  Autry,  Mary  Roberts,  Glenn  A.  Roberts,  E.  F.  Rigsbee,  Mrs. 
E.  F.  Rigsbee,  Mrs.  H.  E.  Davis,  H.  E.  Davis,  Mrs.  W.  L.  Bishop,  W.  L. 
Bishop,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  J.  H.  Bryant,  Ralph  L  Ward,  Mrs.  Louise  C.  Ward, 
Mrs.  John  E.  Ritchie,  Mrs.  Don  Hill,  James  H.  Hoover,  J.  W.  Allred, 
Susan  E.  Allred,  Leonard  H.  Conrad,  Mrs.  L.  H.  Conrad,  C.  R.  Simpson, 
Mrs.  C.  R.  Simpson,  Mrs.  Ray  E.  Goodwin,  Ray  E.  Goodwin,  Arthur  S. 
Chesser,  Mrs.  A.  S.  Chesser,  Mrs.  August  Tuck,  August  Tuck,  Mrs. 
B.  J.  Chapman,  B.  J.  Chapman,  Peggy  Barnes,  Becky  Barnes,  Lavern 
Burris,  L.  J.  Burris,  Marshall  Merritt,  Paul  F.  Farmer,  Odie  Rigdon 
Heath,  III,  Wilbur  Snipes,  William  Snipes,  Mrs.  Charles  E.  Patterson, 
John  W.  Ziegler,  Janet  Ziegler,  Nettie  Biggers,  Jack  E.  Biggers,  Mrs. 
Heln  J.  Mumford. 

The  Presbytery  voted  to  organize  these  churches  and  Com- 
missions were  appointed  to  accomplish  this  work.  The  Com- 
mission appointed  for  the  organization  of  these  Churches  in- 
clude the  following,  the  Subcommittee  on  Home  Missions  and 
the  Rev.  Roswell  Long,  Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone, 
Rev.  Jonas  Barclay,  Rev.  W.  S.  Boyce,  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner,  Jr., 
Mr.  Beaumont  Whitten,  Mr.  Harvey  W.  Moore  and  Mr.  Vance 
Baucom. 

Period  of  Intercession — The  Presbytery  voted  to  include  in 
its  docket  at  each  session  a  period  of  intercession. 

Recess — Presbytery  recessed  for  lunch  at  1  P.M.  and  was 
led  in  prayer  by  the  Rev.  S.  M.  Inman. 


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AFTERNOON  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  at  2  P.M.  and  was  led  in  prayer  by 
the  Rev.  Horace  L.  Thomas. 

Moderator  Nominated — Ruling  Elder  James  B.  Kuykendall 
was  nominated  as  Moderator  for  the  next  meeting  of  Pres- 
bytery. 

C.R.O.P — The  Rev.  L.  I.  Stell  addressed  the  Presbytery 
on  the  subject  of  C.R.O.P.  and  commended  its  program  to  all 
the  Churches. 

Report  of  Subcommittee  on  Woman's  Work — The  Rev.  R. 
W.  Rayburn  presented  Mrs.  Boyce  Hunter  and  Mrs.  Lloyd  E. 
Ardrey  to  the  Presbytery.  Mrs.  Boyce  Hunter  presented  the 
work  of  the  Women  of  the  Presbytery.  The  report  was  re- 
ceived as  information  and  the  women  were  commended  for 
their  service  to  the  Church. 

Men  of  the  Presbytery — Mr.  Joseph  Grier,  President  of 
the  Men  of  the  Presbytery,  spoke  of  the  work  of  the  men  and 
urged  attendance  of  the  men  upon  the  Men's  Convention  in 
New  Orleans  in  the  fall. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Church  Extension — The  follow- 
ing Report  of  the  Committee  on  Church  Extension  was  read 
and  adopted: 

1.  That  each  church  and  each  pastor,  if  practicable,  cooperate  in  the 
1955  Evangelism  exchange  with  the  Synod  of  Virginia.  If  acceptance 
has  not  been  made  already,  it  should  be  done  not  later  than  April  30th. 

2.  That  each  church  have  at  least  one  Visitation  Evangelism  meeting 
each  year.   (Your  Committee  has  a  list  of  men  who  can  assist  in  this.) 

3.  That  our  churches  keep  before  themselves  the  preeminent  impor- 
tance of  soul-winning. 

Church   Extension   Committee 
Harold  Hayward,  Moderator 

Report  of  Presbytery's  Council — Presbytery's  Council  pre- 
sented the  following  recommendations  which  were  adopted: 

1.  We  recommend  the  adoption  of  the  Auditor's  Report  which  was 
examined  by  the  Council. 

2.  We  recommend  that  the  Subcommittee  on  Ne9:ro  Work  be 
authorized  to  seek  to  raise  $25,000  from  members  of  the  Presbytery 
prior  to  June  1,  1954  for  Negro  Work. 

3.  We  recommend  that  the  Standing  Rules  be  set  aside  so  that 
Presbytery  may  meet  in  September,  1954,  the  second  Tuesday.  This 
change  becomes  advisable  due  to  the  change  in  the  date  of  the  meet- 
ing of  Synod. 


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4.  We  recommend  that  the  Auditor's  Report  on  the  Stated  Clerk's 
books  be  approved. 

Invitation  Accepted — The  Session  of  the  Cook's  Memorial 
Church  invited  the  Presbytery  to  meet  at  their  Church  in 
September.  The  invitation  was  accepted. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Installations — The  Committee  on 
Installations  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

1.  Commission  to  install  Rev.  Richard  V.  Colen  as  pastor  of  the 
Amity  Presbyterian  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C,  on  April  25,  1954  at  7:30 
P.M.  To  preach  the  sermon.  Rev.  Samuel  H.  Zealy;  Rev.  Charles  G.  Mc- 
Clure  to  charge  the  pastor;  Rev.  Edward  B.  Cooper  to  preside;  Rev. 
William  H.  Johnston  to  lead  in  prayer;  Dr.  T.  S.  Sparrow  to  charge  the 
congregation;   alternate.   Elder   Mr.   Carl   O.   Fincher. 

2.  To  ordain  and  install  Rev.  Bland  Dudley  at  McQuay  Memorial 
Presbyterian  Church,  July  11,  1954  at  7:30  P.M.  To  preach  the  sermon, 
Rev.  Eugene  D.  Witherspoon,  Wilmington  Presbytery;  Rev.  W.  T.  Smith 
to  charge  the  pastor;  Rev.  F.  S.  Johnson  to  propound  the  questions;  Rev. 
R.  H.  Stone,  preside  and  charge  the  congregation;  Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy, 
alternate  Miniser;  Dr.  C.  W.  Robinson  and  Mr.  J.  C.  Reid,  Jr.,  to  com- 
plete the  Commission.  Mr.  R.  E.  Prather,  alternate  elder. 

3.  To  ordain  and  install  Rev.  Fred  C.  Holder  as  pastor  of  Ramah 
Presbyterian  Church,  July  11,  1954  at  7:30  P.M.  To  preach  the  sermon. 
Dr.  Roy  Whitley;  to  charge  the  pastor,  Dr.  H.  G.  Bedinger;  to  charge 
the  congregation,  Mr.  Lamont  Mayes;  Rev.  Stewart  Yandle  to  preside 
and  propound  the  constitutional  questions;  Elder  Tommy  Kerns  to  com- 
plete the  Commission.  Alternates —  Ministers,  Rev.  Don  Coffey,  Rev.  J. 
Cecil  Lawrence;  Elders,  George  Fletcher  and  Paul  Many. 

Summer  Camps — Verbal  reports  were  made  concerning 
preparations  for  Senior  Young  People's  Conference  and  Pio- 
neer Camp  to  be  held  at  Camp  Stewart.  The  Senior  Conference 
will  be  June  14-19;  First  Pioneer  Camp,  June  21-26;  Second 
Pioneer  Camp  June  28-July  3. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Synod's  Minutes — The  Committee 
on  Synod's  Minutes  made  a  verbal  report  which  was  received 
as  information. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Resolutions — ^The  following  report 
of  the  Committee  on  Resolutions  was  read  and  adopted. 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery  in  its  spring  meeting  at  Williams  Memo- 
rial Presbyterian  Church  wishes  to  thank  the  pastor,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr., 
and  the  people  for  their  gracious  hospitality  which  was  shown  in  their 
beautiful  and  spacious  grounds  and  in  their  handsome  buildings.  For 
the  flowers  and  other  things  which  added  to  our  comfort  and  enjoy- 
ment we  are  grateful.  For  them  in  this  week  of  celebration  and  dedi- 
cation of  their  buildings,  of  which  this  meeting  of  Presbytery  is  the 
beginning,  and  in  all  phases  of  the  future  life  of  this  church,  we  wish 
God's  continued  blessings  and  increased  measures  of  faith  and  service 
to  which  these  buildings  are  tribute. 


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Presbytery  also  wishes  to  convey  to  the  Women  of  this  church  our 
thanks  for  the  bountiful  meal  which  they  served  to  us. 

We  wish  that  this  message  be  passed  on  to  the  members  of  the 
church  through  the  pastor. 

Respectfully   submitted, 
Stewart  W.  Yandle,  Chairman 

Manual  Change  Adopted — Presbytery  voted  to  change  its 
Manual  on  second  reading  so  that  the  financial  reports  of  the 
Treasurers'  of  Presbytery's  Funds  shall  be  made  at  the  Janu- 
ary meeting  and  that  the  Auditor's  report  shall  be  made  not 
later  than  the  April  meeting. 

Resolution  Adopted — The  following  resolution  was  adopted 
by  Presbytery. 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  in  Stated  Session  would  express  to 
the  Session  and  membership  of  the  Sardis  Presbyterian  Church  its  very 
genuine  concern  for  the  Sardis  Church  in  this  difficult  period  of  its 
life.  The  Presbytery  would  also  convey  its  appreciation  of  the  strength 
which  the  Sardis  Church  has  added  to  the  Presbytery  and  assure  our 
Christian  brothers  of  the  Sardis  Church  of  our  prayers  and  support  as 
they  seek  to  find  an  equitable  solution  to  the  problems  which  now  con- 
front them. 

Presbytery  Concurs  in  Invitation  to  General  Assembly — 

The  following  resolution  was  adopted  by  the  Presbytery. 

That  the  Presbytery  concur  in  the  invitation  of  the  Presbyterian 
Churches  of  Mecklenburg  County  to  the  General  Assembly  of  the  Pres- 
byterian Church  in  the  U.  S.  to  meet  in  Charlotte  in  1955  as  a  part  of 
the  celebration  of  the  200th  anniversary  of  the  establishment  of  Pres- 
byterianism  in  our  midst,  and  that  it  expresses  the  hope  that  the  Gen- 
eral Assembly  will  see  fit  to  accept  this  invitation. 

The  Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

Presbytery  adjourned  with  prayer  led  by  Rev.  H.  G.  Bed- 
inger  to  meet  at  the  McQuay  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church, 
Charlotte,  N.  C,  at  9  A.M.  on  July  20,  1954. 

H.  G.  Bedinger,  Moderator 

F.  C.  Debel,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 
B.  F.  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


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INDEX 


Page 

Adjournment   34,  47 

Afternoon   Sessions    30,  45 


Amendemnts  to  the  Book  of 
Church   Order    


31 


Arrangements    16,38 

Bi-Centenial   Celebration    31 

Calls   to   Churches    23,  41 

Candidates 

Examined    for    Licensure     43 

Examined   and    Received    23,43 

Transferred      20,  39,  40 

Commissioners  to  the 

General    Assembly    30,31 

Commissions   Reporting 

Minister  and  His  Work    19,  40 

To    Install    Ministers     19,  40 

Committees    Appointed 

Special   Committees    29 

Standing   Committees    18,39 

Committees    Reporting 

Committee   on    Ministerial 

Education     20,  21,  22,  23,  41,  42 

Committee  on   Church   Extension    ....45 

Committee   on   Nominations    33 

Committee   on   Installations    31,  4fi 

Committee   on 

Presbytery's    Records     33 

Committee   on    Synod's    Minutes    46 

Committee   on   Resolutions    34,  46 

Committee   on    Sessional   Records    ....34 

Presbytery's    Council     24,  45 

Sub-Committee   on   World   Missions    ..29 
Sub-Committee   on 

Woman's    Work    29,  45 

Sub-Committee   on 

Religious     Education     31,32,33 

Communications      18,  39,  40 


Page 

Communion  Service 35 

Directory     3,  4,  6 

Docket      17,  38,  39 

Docket   Schedule    2 

History   of   Churches    ...13,14,15,35,36,37 

Manual  Changes 

Introduced     29 

Adopted     29,45 

Ministers 

Excused 18,  39,  41 

Received    23,  41 

Transferred    19,  20,  40 

Minutes    Adopted    34,  47 

Moderator 

Elected 16,  38 

Nominated    30,  45 

Next   Meeting 29,  46 

Opening    Exercises     13,  35 

Pastoral   Relationship 

Dissolved     19,  20,  30,  40 

Petitions   to   Organize   Churches    43,44 

Presbytery    Meetings    Back    Page 

Recess     30,  44 

Resolutions   Adopted    47 

Roll    Call    15,  16,  37,  38 

Roll    of    Churches     7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Roll    of    Ministers     6 

Ruling    Elders    Introduced     16,  38 

Special    Addresses    13,  35 

Treasurers     Reports      24,25,26,27,28 

Visiting   Brethren    16,  38 


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MINUTES 
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MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 


20^th  Stated  Meeting 

McQuay  Memorial  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

July  20,  1954 


206th  Stated  Session 

Cook's  Memorial  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

September  14,  1954 


Called  Meeting 

Covenant  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

October  21,  1954 


Next  Stated  Session 

Myers  Park  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  18,  1955 


MINUTES 

of 

MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 

Volume  I  Number  2 


20")  th  Stated  Meeting 

McQuay  Memorial  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

July  20,  1954 

206th  Stated  Session 

Cook's  Memorial  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

September  14,  1954 

Called  Meeting 

Covenant  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

October  21,  1954 

Next  Stated  Session 

Myers  Park  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January   18,   195  5 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


DOCKET  SCHEDULE 


WINTER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Records  of  Presbytery 

(c)  Education 

(d)  Assembly's  Work 

(e)  Ministerial  Education 
Election  of  Commissioners  to 

General  Assembly 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SPRING  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Church  Extension 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Presbytery's  Council 

(d)  Sessional  Records 

(e)  Synod's  Minutes 
Reports  of  Treasurers  and 

Trustees 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SUMMER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Records  of  Presbytery 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 

Adjourn 


FALL  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Assembly's  Minutes 

(d)  Nominations 

(e)  Homes 

New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


The  Stated  Session  of  Presbytery  convenes  at  9 :00  A.  M.  on 
the  third  Tuesday  in  each  quarter. 


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DIRECTORY 


OFFICERS  OF  THE  PRESBYTERY 

Mr.  J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr.,  Moderator  of  Summer  Meeting 

Rev.  W.  L.  Hall,  Moderator  of  Fall  Meeting 

Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk  (1955) 

Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  Permanent  Clerk  (1957) 

Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk  (1956) 

Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Executive  Secretary  (1956) 


TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected  for  Four  Years: 

1955 — Rev.  Jas.  A.  Jones,  Mr.  I.  W.  Stewart,  Charlotte 

1956— Mr.  George  S.  Crouch,  Mr.  H.  W.  Moore,  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall 

Presbytery — 

1955 — Mr.  John  S.  Cansler,  Chairman 
1956— Mr.  W.  H.  Abernathy,  Charlotte 
1957— Mr.  Thomas  C.  Ruff,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


COMMISSIONS 

The  Minister  and  His  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long 

1955 — Rev.  R.  C.  Long,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Mr.  James  Williams 

1956— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Mr.  A.  R.  Shaw 

1957— Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston,  Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Mr.  R.  L.  Puckett 


COMMITTEES 

Assembly's  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson 

Sub  Committee  on  World  Missions 

1955— Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper 

1956— Rev.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

1957— Mr.  J.  W.  McLaney,  Chairman 

Sub  Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief 

1955— Rev.  A.  T.  Taylor 

1956 — Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  Chairman 

1957— Mr.  Geogrey  Sutcliffe 

Sub  Committee  on  Woman's  Work 

1955 — Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  Chairman 

1956— Mr.  J.  W.  Russell 

1957— Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison 

Sub  Committee  on  Assembly's  Special  Causes 

1955— Mr.  C.  W.  Wilson 

1956 — Rev.  J.  S.  Garner,  Chairman 

1957— Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson 


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Church  Extension: 

Chairman — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 

Sub  Committee  on  Christian  Relations 

1955— Rev.  W.  A.  Gamble,  Chairman 

1956— Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 

1957— Mr.  Legette  Blythe 

Sub  Committee  on  Evangelism 

1955— Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman;  Dr.  Hamilton  W.  McKay 

1956— Rev.  R.  G.  Balnicky 

1957— Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Mr.  McAlister  Carson 

Sub  Committee  on  Radio 

1955— Rev.  C.  S.  Miller,  Chairman 

1956— Mr.  Paul  B.  Marion 

1957— Rev.  T.  W.  MacLean 

Sub  Committee  on  Home  Missions 

1955— Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller,  Mr.  W.  E.  Price,  Mr.  C.  W.  Gilchrist 

1956— Rev.  I.  H.  Chadwick;  Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier,  Chairman; 

Rev.  H.  S.  Schum;  Mrs.  C.  W.  Tillett 
1957 — Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Mr.  Irwin  Belk,  Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence 

Education : 

Chairman — Rev.  L.  I.  Stell 

Sub  Committee  on  Education  Institutions 

1955— Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  J.  W.  Thomson 

1956— Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

1957— Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley,  Chairman;  Mr.  W.  H.  Barnhardt 

Sub  Committee  on  Campus  Christian  Life 

1955— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 

1956 — Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Chairman 

1957— Mr.  Frank  Orr 

Sub  Committee  on  Religious  Education 

1955— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle,  Rev.  S.  W.  Hogue 

Ex-Officio— Pres.  of  S.  S.  S.  Asso.— Mr.  Alex  McMillan 

Presbyterial  Chairman  of  Ed. — Mrs.  J.  R.  Nisbet 
Pres.  Men  of  Presbytery — Mr.  J.  W.  Grier,  Jr. 
Pres.  of  Youth  Fellowship — John  Kimbril 

1956— Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  Mr.  J.  N.  Stribling,  Mr.  B.  A.  Estridge 

1957 — Rev.  J.  R.  Crook,  Chairman;  Rev.  Robert  Turner, 
Dr.  John  Lafferty 

Presbytery's  Council: 

Chairman — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

1955— Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Mr.  C.  G.  Sellers 

Ex-Officio— The  Moderator  and  the  Stated  Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The    President    and    Treasurer    Women    of    the    Church 

1956— Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Mr.  R.  Z.  Thomas 

1957— Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson,  Rev.  J.  R.  Crook,  Mr.  C.  M.  Hassell 

Ministerial  Education: 

Chairman — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters 

1955— Rev.  W.  M.  Walsh,  Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson,  Mr.  P.  F.  Howerton 
1956— Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters,  Mr.  H.  C.  Williams 
1957_Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Rev.  H.  S.  Schum,  Mr.  H.  C.  Alexander 


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Homes : 

Chairman — Rev.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit 

1955— Rev.  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  Mr.  D.  G.  Kimbrell,  Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn 
1956— Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Rev.  K.  N.  Nesbit,  Mr.  J.  David  Flowers 
1957— Rev.  C.  Don  Coffey,  Rev.  C.  A.  White,  Mr.  J.  B.  Watt 

Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 

1955 — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters,  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper,  Mr.  T.  M. 

Blackwelder 
1956— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Mr.  J.  B. 

Kuykendall 
1957— Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Mr.  A.  R.  Shaw 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  MINISTERS 


1.  J.  W.  Grier 

2.  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  Th.D. 

3.  M.  E.  Peabody 

4.  W.  H.  Johnston 

5.  J.  C.  McGehee 

6.  B.  Frank  Yandell 

7.  W.  C.  Copeland 

8.  J.  C.  Grier 

9.  T.  R.  Alexander 

10.  A.  T.  Taylor 

11.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr. 

12.  H.  C.  Carmichael 

13.  W.  B.  Neill 

14.  C.  D.  Whiteley,  D.D. 

15.  R.  A.  Young,  D.D. 

16.  Chas.  M.  Boyd,  D.D. 

17.  A.  L.  Roberts 

18.  Daniel  K.  Snyder 

19.  T.H.Mitchell 

20.  W.  T.  Smith 

21.  Jas.  A.  Jones,  D.D. 

22.  Jno.  R.  Rosebro,  D.D. 

23.  R.  H.  Stone,  D.D. 

24.  Robert  F.  Boyd,  Th.D. 

25.  Frederick  C.  Debele,  Jr. 

26.  Chas.  G.  McClure,  D.D. 

27.  Sam  M.  Inman 

28.  J.  0.  Mann,  D.D. 

29.  F.  Clyde  Pratt 

30.  Jonas  Barclay 

31.  W.  M.  Walsh,  D.D. 

32.  F.  S.  Johnston 

33.  Samuel  MeP.  Glasgow,  D.D. 

34.  A.  Leslie  Thompson 

35.  Wm.  A.  Gamble 

36.  Roy  F.  Whitley,  Th.D. 

37.  Chas.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  D.D. 

38.  C.  C.  McNeill,  D.D. 

39.  Warner  L.  Hall,  Ph.D. 

40.  T.  W.  MacLean 

41.  Homer  A.  Spencer 

42.  Jno.  A.  Carriker 

43.  Henry  S.  Robinson 

44.  S.  M.  Hutchison 

45.  C.  H.  Rowan 

46.  R.  C.  Long,  D.D. 

47.  D.  S.  Chalabie 

48.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  D.D. 

49.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  D.D. 

50.  Carl  S.  Miller 


51.  Ben  F.  Moore 

52.  Watt  M.  Cooper 

53.  H.  V.  Carson,  D.D. 

54.  Harold  D.  Hayward,  Ph.D. 

55.  G.  Dana  Waters 

56.  W.  J.  Huneycutt 

57.  Samuel  H.  Zealy 

58.  W.  B.  McSwain 

59.  Roy  E.  Hoke,  Ph.D. 

60.  F.  C.  Wilkinson 

61.  D.  E.  Wilkinson 

62.  E.  B.  Cooper 

63.  Ira  H.  Rawles 

64.  Lawrence  I.  Stell,  D.D. 

65.  J.  Gilbert  Kirckhoff 

66.  M.  G.  Lyerly 

67.  R.  W.  Rayburn 

68.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr. 

69.  Hugh  Pollard 

70.  W.  M.  Boyce,  D.D. 

71.  Russell  M.  Kerr 

72.  C.  H.  McLean 

73.  J.  B.  Reaves 

74.  Geo.  A.  Fletcher 

75.  R.  G.  Laurens 

76.  Robert  G.  Balnicky 

77.  Stewart  W.  Yandle 

78.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

79.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit 

80.  B.F.Ferguson 

81.  James  R.  Crook 

82.  Sheldon  A.  Kosey 

83.  Crawford  White 

84.  J.  S.  Garner 

85.  H.  S.  Schum 

86.  S.  WylieHogue 

87.  W.  G.  Workman,  Ph.D. 

88.  C.McD.  Coffey 

89.  I.  Howard  Chadwick 

90.  W.  S.  Boyce 

91.  Robert  Turner 

92.  Andrew  A.  Allen 

93.  Dwight  L.  Barker 

94.  Richard  V.  Colen 

95.  W.F.Mitchell 

96.  W.T.Taylor 

97.  C.D.Caldwell 

98.  Vance  Baucom 

99.  Hugh  M.  Jefferson 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  CHURCHES 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Albemarle  First H.  P.  Morrow 

S.  5th  St. 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 
Albemarle  Second S.  A.  Boaz,  Jr. 

Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Altan J.  A.  Lowery 

Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Amay  James Edgar  Goodwin 

504  E.  Boundry 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Amity J.  C.  Kuck 

Rt.  1,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Avondale J.  E.  Kimbirl 

2820  Sunset  Dr. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Badin F.  L.  Marbry 

Badin,  N.  C. 
Banks Sam  Kell,  Jr. 

Box  206,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
Belk P.  S.  Snipes 

1015  Choyce  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Benton  Heights Jack  Morrison 

601  Griffin  St. 

Monroe,  N.  C. 

Bethany Roy  Snipes 

Welch  Ave. 

Monroe,  N.  C. 
Bethel . J.  W.  Knox,  Rt.  2 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 

Bethlehem Buford  A.  Price 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Beulah E.  H.  Webb 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Biscoe C.  R.  Poole 

Biscoe,  N.  C. 
Brainerd Marvin  McGill 

East  Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Caldwell  Memorial R.  V.  Mason 

811  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Camden D.  E.  Phillips 

Rt.  3 

Wadesboro,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

J.  T.  Boysworth 
Rt.  2 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 

C.  0.  Josey 
Albemarle  Radio  Co. 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 
Odus  Doster 

Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Sarah  Reid 
Rt.  4,  Box  332 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

James  P.  Sample 
Rt.  2,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

W.  H.  Sitton 

1321  Ordermore  Drive 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  E.  Beck 

Badin,  N.  C. 

F.  Parks  Stephenson,  Jr. 

Rt.  2,  Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

Glenn  A.  Roberts 

1309  Choyce  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Neal  Tucker 

1108  Cherry  St. 

Monroe,  N.  C. 

Roy  Snipes 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

H.  B.  Knox 

Cornelius,  N.  C. 

Buford  A.  Price 
Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

R.  L.  Long 
Rt.  3,  Pageland,  S.  C. 
J.  Edgar  Maness 
Biscoe,  N.  C. 

D.  A.  McGill 

East  Rockingham,  N.  C. 
R.   H.   Crockford 
2117    McClintock   Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Miss  Ethel  Hildreth 
Rt.  3 
Wadesboro,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Cameronian M.  C.  McKenzie 

Rt.  3 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Camp  Greene J.  O.  Hawfield 

2418  Remount  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Candor  D.  C.  Ewing,  Jr. 

Candor,  N.  C. 
Central  Steele  Creek. ..  R.  R.  Grier 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Charlotte  First T.  P.  Graham 

815  Lamar  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Clanton  Memorial E.  B.  Clanton 

Rt.  3 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Commonwealth E.  H.  Austin 

1240  Greenwood  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Community Pink  Sutton 

Mill  St. 
'  Hannah  Pickett 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Cooks  Memorial Crosby  A.  Dunn 

Rt.  9,  Box  746 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Cornelius R.  A.  Atwell 

Cornelius,  N.  C. 
Covenant J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr. 

1000  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Eastminster E.  C.  Williamson 

1632  Westbury  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
East  Monroe  Grady  Williams 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Ellerbe  First W.  S.  McRae 

Ellerbe,  N.  C. 
Forest   Hills Calvin  C.  Sloan 

1533  N. Independence 
Blvd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Hamlet  First S.  O.  Bauersfeld 

410  Entwistle  St. 

Hamlet,  N.  C. 
Hawley  Memorial Carlton  Billingsley 

Box  71,  Polkton,  N.  C. 
Hopewell Joe  L.  Puckett,  Sr. 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Hollis  Gillis 

Rt.  3 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 

James  Major 

1741  Evergreen  Dr. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

K.  A.  McLeod 

Candor,  N.  C. 

T.  M.  Blackwelder 

Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 

W.  N.  Ward 

202  W.  Trade  St. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Glen  Connell 

Peterson  Drive 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  M.  Fleetwood,  Jr. 

5000  Elder  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Carl  Henry 

Hannah  Pickett 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Tom  Smith,  Jr. 

Rt.  6,  Box  789D 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  E.  Baxter 

Cornelius,  N.  C. 

W.  A.  Montgomery 

1000  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  A.  Carriker,  Jr. 

2800  Shenandoah  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

W.  J.  Metelli 

1005  Calhoun  St. 

Monroe,  N.  C. 

R.  W.  Carriker 

Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

Z.  R.  Little 

2401  Rozelle's  Ferry  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

John  S.  Williamson 

Pinecroft  Industries 

Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  E.  F.  Billingsley 

Box  84,  Polkton,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Whitley 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session  Treasurer 

Huntersville JE.  F.  Kumm  J.  Mike  Dwyer 

Box  115  Huntersville,  N.  C. 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 

Indian  Hill R.  F.  Furr  M.  E.  Brattain 

Rt.  1,  Oakboro,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Indian  Trail E.  J.  Stinson  J.  W.  Shaffer 

Rt.  1  Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Locust T.  M.  Hartsell  Worth  Little 

Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C.  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Macedonia J.  R.  Maness  Daniel  J.  McCaskill 

Rt.  1,  Biscoe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1.,  Candor,  N.  C. 

Mallard  Creek W.  B.  Bingham  John  M.  Foster 

Rt.  7,  Box  612  Rt.  10 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Marks  Creek C.  0.  McRae  H.  C.  McRae 

Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Marshville F.  C.  Efird  Mrs.  C.  A.  Bolt 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C.  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Marston A.  W.  McKay  W.  D.  McKay 

Cognac,  N.  C.  Marston,  N.  C. 

Matthews N.  O.  Alexander  W.  R.  Freeman 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C.  Matthews,  N.  C. 

McGee N.  C.  Long  Leroy  Lakey 

314  N.  Hoskin  Ave.  Rt.  9 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

McLean W.  M.  Lovin  J.  F.  McCaskill,  Jr. 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

McQuay  Memorial J.  C.  Reid,  Jr.  Jack  M.  Threatt 

1222  S.  Bigham  St.  3218  Tuckaseegee  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Monroe  First W.  H.  Morrison  Virgil  Henderson 

Wadesboro  Rd.  429  Wadesboro  Ave. 

Monroe,  N.  C.  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Morgan  Memorial Rafe  Williams  Sybil  Huneycutt 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C.  Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Morris  Field William  D.  Loy,  Jr.  Herbert  Lee  Hargett 

1808  Fleetwood  Rd.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Charlotte,  N.  C.          110  Stonewall  Jackson  Homes 

Morven W.  E.  Steagall  R.  M.  Hardison 

Morven,  N.  C.  Morven,  N.  C. 

Mt.  Carmel M.  Lee  Mclnnis  J.  C.  Comer 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Mt.  Gilead R.  A.  McRae 

Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Mulberry D.  H.  Dunn 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Myers  Park J.  Lacy  McLean 

2024  Beverly  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Nevin G.  T.  Brown 

C.M.R.  544 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

New  Salem O.  L.  Efird 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Newell S.  B.  Wilson 

Newell,  N.  C. 

Norman C.  E.  Martin 

Norman,  N.  C. 

North  Charlotte Joe  W.  Hardison 

1632  Academy  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Norwood R.  B.  Winchester 

Norwood,  N.  C. 

Oakboro E.  0.  Ross 

Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Pageland H.  H.  Houston 

Pageland,  S.  C. 

Park  Avenue Virgil  Bratton 

Box  31 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Paw  Creek R.  W.  Summerville 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Pee  Dee J.  V.  Ussery 

Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 
Philadelphia .E.  Ross  Cathey 

Rt.  3,  Matthews.  N.  C. 
Pineville Roy  G.  Starnes 

Pineville,  N.  C. 
Plaza C.  A.  Kirkpatrick 

1315  Matheson 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Pleasant  Hill C.  L.  Choate 

Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
Providence James  A.  Blakeney 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Ramah T.  G.  Caldwell 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

R.  L.  Martin 
Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Tom  Wilson 

Rt.  5,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Ross 

2501   Oxford  Place 

Charlotte  4,  N.  C. 

Robert  Ritchie 
C.M.R.  544 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  C.  Moore 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Wilbur  X.  Yerton 
Box  28,  Newell,  N.  C. 

John  Gallimore 
Norman,  N.  C. 

W.  L.  Howie 
912  Anderson  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Miss  Va.  Barnhardt 
Norwood,  N.  C. 
Miss  Viola  Ross 
Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 
H.  H.  Houston,  Jr. 
Pageland,  S.  C 
William  Wicker 
Rt.2 
Hamlet,  N.  C. 

E.  B.  Johnston 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Mrs.  C.  W.  Ussery 
Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 
James  H.  Black 
Rt.  3,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Robt.  C.  Hair 
Pineville,  N.  C. 

F.  R.  Freeman 
2819   Temple   Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

A.  M.  Thompson 
Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
N.  C.  Grier 
Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C- 

C.  D.  Bradford 
Rt.  1 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


11 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Rehoboth F.  Albert  Gordon 

Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
Ridgecrest G.  S.  Furr 

Rt.  3 

Albemarle,  N.  C. 
Robinson Perry  C.  Hood 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Rockingham  First C.  R.  McNair 

Box  416 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Rourk J.  C.  Watson 

Route  3 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
St.  Andrews J.  W.  Craig,  Jr. 

2121  Rozzelle  Fer.  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
St.  Paul E.  D.  Jackson 

2621  Shenandoah  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Salem George  Watts 

Rt.  1,  Pageland,  S.  C. 
Sardis L.  H.  Pharr 

P.  O.  Box  4033 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Seigle  Avenue Morris  P.  Plyler 

900  Leigh  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Selwyn  Avenue I.  G.  Wallace,  Jr. 

205  Wales  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Sharon E.  F.  Smith 

Rt.  3. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Siler R.  A.  Plyler 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw.  N.  C. 
Six  Mile  Creek J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 
Smallwood David  Cameron 

401  Seldon  Drive 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
South  Park G.  Dewey  Kluttz 

600  Marsh  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Steele  Creek L.  W.  Brown 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Star J.  F.  Allen 

Box  171 

Star,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Miss  Hope  Sims 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Mary  Lee  Lambert 

Rt.  1 

Stanfield,  N.  C. 

J.  C.  Dulin 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Charles  Jamerson 

Cordova,  N.  C. 

Lester  M.  Smith 
Cordova,  N.  C. 

A.  A.  Clark 

1913  Greene  Blvd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  Hoyle  Long,  Jr. 

2504  Laburnum  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Lawrence  Phillips 

Rt.  1,  Pageland,  S.  C. 

C.  B.  Baird 

Rt.  2,  Sardis  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  B.  Schulken 

832  Seigle  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  E.  Elrod 

2921  Westfield  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  C.  Sullivan,  Jr. 

2230  Dickens  St. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Fleet  Davis 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

R.  L.  Shields 

110  N.  Gardner  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Frank  F.  White 

316  Melbourn  Ct. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  F.  Bigham 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Barna  Allen 

Box   83 

Star,N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches 

Stephenson- 


Clerk  of  Session 

.W.  M.  Pressley 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 


Sugaw  Creek J.  P.  Robinson 

1324  Biltmore  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Sunset  Hills Charles  C.  Harkins 

605  Magnolia  Ave. 
Charlotte.  N.  C. 

Tenth  Avenue C.  L.  Elliott 

727  W.  Trade  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C„ 

Thomasboro H.  P.  Cathey 

322  Hovis  Cr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


Trinity. 


.Harold  K.  Couch 


Rt.2 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Troy S.  H.  McCall,  Jr. 

Troy,  N.  C. 
Turner J.  C.  Richardson 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Unionville J.  V.  Mullis 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Wadesboro F.  P.  Boylin 

Wadesboro,  N.  C. 
Walkersville C.  L.  McCain 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
Waxhaw T.  R.  Nisbet 

Box  217 

Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

West  Avenue H.  Morrison  Irwin,  Jr. 

1654  Sterling  Rd. 
'      Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westminster Paul  C.  Thompson 

725  Hawthorne  Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westover  Hills C.  W.  Hickman 

2961  Beechnut  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Williams  Memorial J.  I.  Hutchison 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Wilmore R.  M.  Stevenson 

3000  Sommerset  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Jack  Baucom 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

F.  S.  Neal,  Jr. 
801  Bromley  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

B.  L.  McQuay 
2235  Winthrop  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

F.  W.  Haas 

3055  Marlowe  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

M.  H.  Cathey 
403  Wabash  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  W.  Brown 

1617  Westbury  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  W.  Safrit 

Box  523,  Troy,  N.  C. 

C.  H.  Biggers 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Maude  M.  Brooks 
Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

J.  W.  Scarboro 
Wadesboro,  N.  C. 

Knox  R.  McCain 
Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

B.  E.  Hudson 
Waxhaw,  N.  C 

William  B.  Drumheller 
1511  Westbrook  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

L.  M.  Morrison 
1959  Harris  Road 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  M.  Winters 
1220  Princeton  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  L.  McConnell 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

H.  F.  Porter 
1741  Wilmore  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


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The  Two  Hundred  Fifth 

Stated  Session  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


McQuay   Memorial   Presbyterian   Church 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
July  20,  1954 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundred 
Fifth  Stated  Session  in  the  McQuay  Memorial  Presbyterian 
Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C,  at  9  A.M.  on  the  above  date. 

The  Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  the  Moderator,  preached  the  open- 
ing sermon  and  led  the  opening  prayer. 

History  of  the  McQuay  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church — 

The  following  History  of  the  McQuay  Memorial  Presbyterian 
Church  was  read  by  Rev.  M.  B.  Dudley  and  was  adopted. 

McQUAY   MEMORIAL   PRESBYTERIAN   CHURCH   HISTORY 

The  McQuay  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church  is  located  in  the  Glen- 
wood  Section  of  Charlotte,  three  miles  west  of  the  heart  of  the  city. 
Only  a  few  members  of  the  Church  can  remember  when  this  section  of 
Tuckaseegee  Road  was  just  a  muddy  lane.  It  was  not  until  1917  that 
this  community  began  to  grow.  It  was  then  that  the  United  States 
Government  located  Camp  Green  in  this  section.  At  the  close  of  World 
War  I,  the  late  Dr.  and  Mrs.  W.  B.  Linsey  established  the  first  Sunday 
School  in  one  of  the  old  camp  buildings.  From  this  one  chapel,  other 
churches   have  been   established. 

In  January  1948  the  members  of  an  interdenominational  group  went 
before  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  meeting  in  the  Mulberry  Church,  to 
ask  that  they  be  organized.  Reverend  F.  S.  Johnston  of  the  Paw  Creek 
Presbyterian  Church  acted  as  spokesman  for  the  group.  He  presented 
their  cause  before  Presbytery.  After  much  consideration,  the  Presby- 
tery decided  that  the  time  was  not  right  for  the  organization  of  a 
Church.  Instead  a  chapel  to  be  known  as  McQuay,  was  formed  and 
placed  under  the  care  of  the  Wilmore  Presbyterian  Church.  Mr.  Guy  M. 
Neel,  an  elder  of  the  Wilmore  Church,  was  chosen  to  lead  the  people. 

For  two  years  the  members  of  the  chapel  looked  forward  to  their 
organization  into  a  Presbyterian  Church.  At  the  meeting  of  Presbytery 
in  Albemarle,  January  1950,  Mr.  Neel  presented  a  petition  of  organi- 
zation. The  Reverend  W.  T.  Smith,  pastor  of  Wilmore  Church  had  a 
large  part  in  the  organization  plans.  The  date  for  organization  was 
set  for  February  5,  1950. 


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Prior  to  their  organization,  the  members  of  the  Chapel  met  in  the 
building  given  them  by  Mrs.  Jennie  McQuay  in  memory  of  her  son, 
Mr.  E.  H.  McQuay.  On  February  5,  1950  a  Commission  from  Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery  organized  the  church  with  fifty-one  charter  members. 

Having  previously  been  known  as  McQuay  Chapel,  it  was  considered 
fitting  to  name  the  Church  in  honor  of  a  mother  and  son  who  were 
among  the  early  leaders.  Thus  the  name  McQuay  Memorial  Presbyte- 
rian Church  was  chosen. 

Mr.  Neel  continued  as  the  supply  pastor  until  the  last  of  March  1950. 
The  Presbytery  secured  layworkers  until  June.  For  the  summer  months, 
Mr.  J.  R.  Dail,  a  student  at  Union  Theological  Seminary,  served  as  the 
pastor. 

In  the  fall  of  1950,  the  congregation  sold  the  land  given  by  Mrs. 
McQuay  and  purchased  the  lots  now  owned  by  the  Church.  The  Rev- 
erend Walter  Baker  became  a  temporary  supply  for  the  Church  in 
November  1950. 

Until  a  temporary  building  could  be  erected  on  the  new  property, 
Sunday  school  classes  were  held  in  the  homes  of  some  of  the  members, 
and  the  preaching  services  were  held  in  the  St.  James  Methodist  Church. 

In  the  spring  of  1951,  a  frame  structure  was  purchased  from  the' 
city  of  Charlotte  and  made  ready  for  use  as  a  temporary  sanctuary. 
The  ground  breaking  for  the  present  building  was  held  on  July  4,  1951. 
The  first  services  to  be  held  in  the  new  Church  were  on  March  9,  1952. 
Since  then  the  women  of  the  Church  have  purchased  an  organ,  and  the 
Men's  Club  have  equipped  the  hut  with  kitchen  facilities. 

Following  the  resignation  of  the  Reverend  Walter  Baker,  Mr.  Bland 
Dudley  was  called  as  pastor.  He  was  ordained  and  installed  on  July  11, 
1954. 

The  Manse  is  now  under  construction  on  Rogers  Street  and  will  soon 
be  ready  for  occupancy. 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled 
during  the  meeting. 

Ministers— J.  W.  Grier,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  W.  H.  Johnston,  B.  F. 
Yandell,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B.  Neill,  R.  A.  Young.  C.  M.  Boyd,  D.  K. 
Snyder,  W.  T.  Smith,  R.  H.  Stone,  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  C.  G.  McClure, 
S.  M.  Inman,  W.  M.  Walsh,  F.  S.  Johnston,  S.  M.  Glasgow,  A.  L. 
Thompson,  W.  A.  Gamble,  R.  F.  Whitley,  T.  W.  MacLean;  J.  A.  Carri- 
ker,  H.  S.  Robinson,  S.  M.  Hutchison;  C.  H.  Rowan,  R.  C.  Long,  J.  C. 
Lawrence,  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Watt  M.  Cooper,  H.  D.  Hayward,  G.  Dana 
Waters,  0.  M.  Whitener,  W.  J.  Huneycutt,  S.  H.  Zealy,  W.  B.  McSwain, 
Roy  E.  Hoke,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  E.  B.  Cooper,  Ira  H.  Rawles,  L.  I.  Stell, 
M.  G.  Lyerly,  R.  W.  Rayburn,  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M. 
Boyce,  R.  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  McLean,  G.  A.  Fletcher,  R.  G.  Laurens,  S.  W. 
Yandle,  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  James  R.  Crook,  Crawford 
A.  White,  J.  S.  Garner,  H.  S.  Schum,  C.  Don  Coffey,  I.  Howard  Chad- 
wick,  W.  S.  Boyce,  Dwight  L.  Barker,  Richard  V.  Colen,  M.  B.  Dudley, 
Fred  C.  Holder,  W.  F.  Mitchell,  W.  T.  Taylor,  D.  C.  Caldwell,  Vance 
Baucom — 67. 

Ruling  Elders — Albert  Lowery,  Altan;  L.  D.  Campbell,  Amity;  J.  E. 
White,  Banks;  George  W.  Hager,  Belk  Memorial;  Curtis  Moore,  Benton 


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Heights;  Ralph  B.  Knox,  Bethel;  Buford  A.  Price,  Bethlehem;  C.  R. 
Poole,  Biscoe;  M.  L.  McGill,  Brainerd;  M.  B.  Query,  Caldwell  Memorial; 
Jesse  W.  Morris,  Camden;  J.  C.  Hawfield,  Camp  Greene;  T.  M.  Black- 
welder,  Central  Steele  Creek;  Morgan  B.  Spier,  Jr.,  Charlotte  First; 
D.  F.  Gilchrist,  Clanton  Memorial;  E.  H.  Austin,  Commonwealth;  S.  B. 
McClure,  Cook's  Memorial;  W.  R.  Goodrum,  Cornelius;  Emmett  W. 
Shackelford  and  J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr.,  Covenant;  William  A.  Sholin, 
Eastminster;  Grady  Williams,  East  Monroe;  Ralph  Cox,  Ellerbe;  R.  W. 
Blackwelder,  Forest  Hills;  A.  R.  Shaw,  Jr.,  Hopewell;  H.  E.  Whitener, 
Huntersville;  W.  J.  Lee,  Indian  Hill;  E.  J,  Stinson,  Indian  Trail;  L.  Jack 
Little,  Locust;  John  Ray  Maness,  Macedonia;  Vester  McLaughlin,  Mal- 
lard Creek;  J.  W,  Russell,  Matthews;  L.  C.  Keener,  Jr.,  McGee;  H.  W. 
Hoover,  McQuay  Memorial;  C.  A.  McFayden,  Mt.  Carmel;  Frank  M. 
Nash,  Mt.  Gilead;  John  F.  Eggleston,  Mulberry;  C.  E.  Brewer,  Jr., 
Myers   Park;   W.   L.   Howie,   North   Charlotte;    F.   A.   Wentz,    Norwood; 

A.  S.  Cathey,  Paw  Creek;  J.  W.  Flowe,  Philadelphia;  Roy  A.  Whitley, 
Plaza;  L.  M,  Rea,  Providence;  John  G.  Caldwell,  Ramah;  Grover  Furr, 
Ridgecrest;  B.  R.  Howell,  St.  Andrews;  0.  P.  Crowder,  St.  Paul;  C.  R. 
Hutchison,  Sardis;  Frank  L.  Lander,  Selwyn  Ave.;  W.  Frank  Black, 
Sharon;  R.  M.  Falls,  South  Park;  T.  W.  Neely,  Steele  Creek;  Herbert 
Brown,  Star;  Al  Worth  Stinson,  Stephenson;  C.  W.  Wilson,  Sugaw 
Creek;  C.  C.  Hawkins,  Sunset  Hills;  C.  L.  Elliott,  Tenth  Avenue;  James 

B.  Summerville,  Thomasboro;  Fred  A.  Henninger,  Trinity;  Jason  Black- 
well,  Troy;  J.  C.  Richardson,  Turner;  D.  F.  Garris,  Wadesboro;  J.  H. 
Starnes,  Walkersville;  S.  Bruce  Wingate,  West  Avenue;  John  C.  Plaxco, 
Westminster;  J.  B.  Armstrong,  Westover  Hills;  E.  W.  McKnight,  Wil- 
liams Memorial;  Theodore  A.  Greene,  Wilmore — 69. 

Ruling-  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  were 
introduced. 

The  following  Ministers  were  introduced  to  the  Presby- 
tery and  invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren;  W.  F.  Mitchell, 
Mississippi  Valley  Presbytery  of  the  Associate  Reformed 
Presbyterian  Church;  W.  T.  Taylor,  St.  Lawrence  Baptist 
Church. 

The  Stated  Clerk  announced  that  a  quorum  was  present. 

Moderator  Elected — Ruling  Elder  James  B.  Kuykendall, 
Jr.,  Moderator  Nominee,  was  elected  Moderator. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Arrangements — The  following  Re- 
port of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements  was  read  and 
adopted : 

Your  Committee  on  Arrangements  recommends  that  the  Presbytery 
follow  the  printed  docket  with  the  following  modifications: 

1.  That  Presbytery  recess  for  lunch  at  1  P.M.  and  reconvene  at 
2  P.M. 

Rev.  M.  B.  Dudley 
Rev.  H.   G.   Bedinger 
Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr. 


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THE  DOCKET 

1.  Opening  Exercises — Sermon  by  the  Retiring  Moderator,  Rev.  H.  G. 

Bedinger. 

2.  Memorials. 

3.  History  of  the  McQuay  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church — Rev.  M.  B. 

Dudley. 

4.  Enrollment — Members    of   Presbytery,   Visiting   Brethren,   Introduc- 

tion of  Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time. 

5.  Election  of  Moderator — Ruling  Elder  J.  B.  Kuykendall,   Nominee. 

6.  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements — Rev.  M.  B.  Dudley. 

7.  Appointment  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery. 

8.  Communications. 

9.  Season  of  Prayer. 

10.  Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  Commission  of  the  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  R.  C.  Long. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 

11.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

12.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

13.  Reports  of  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Presbytery's  Council — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce. 

2.  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters. 

14.  Reports  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery. 

15.  Unfinished  Business. 

16.  Report  of  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly. 

17.  New  Business. 

18.  Next  Meeting.  (Cook's  Memorial  Church.) 

19.  Nomination  of  Moderator.  (First  Order  after  lunch.) 

20.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

21.  Adjournment. 

Appointment  of  Standing  Committees — The  Moderator  ap- 
pointed the  following  Standing  Committees: 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures:  Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Chairman;  Rev.  M.  B. 
Prince,  J.  W.  Flowe  and  Roy  A.  Whitley. 

2.  Installations:  Rev.  James  Crook,  Chairman;   Rev.  W.   M.  Walsh, 
Bruce  Wingate  and  Charles  E.  Brewer,  Jr. 


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3.  Judicial  Business:  Rev.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  Chairman;  Rev.  J.  W. 
Grier,  Morgan  Speir  and  Frank  T.  Lander. 

4.  Resolutions:  Rev.  Howard  Chadwick,  Chairman;  Rev.  Dana 
Waters,  Vester  McLaughlin  and  L.  M.  Rea. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery:  Rev.  Roswell  Long,  Chairman;  Rev.  Sam 
Inman,  Fred  Henninger  and  Ernest  Austin. 

Communications — The  following  Communications  were 
read  and  disposed  of  as  indicated. 

1.  From  the  following  Ministers  requesting  excuse  for  absence 
from  this  meeting  of  Presbytery:  Rev.  Sheldon  F.  Koesy,  Rev.  Miles 
Strupl,  Rev.  J.  A.  Jones,  Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff,  Rev.  R.  G.  Balnicky, 
Rev.  R.  F.  Boyd,  Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore,  Rev.  Jonas 
Barclay,  Rev.  C.  H.  Little,  Rev.  W.  G.  Workman,  Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer, 
Rev.  F.  R.  McAlister  and  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller.  The  requests  were  granted. 

2.  From  the  Rev.  Milos  Strupl  offering  his  resignation  as  a  member 
of  the  Committee  on  Homes.  The  resignation  was  accepted. 

3.  From  the  Session  of  Sunset  Hills  Presbyterian  Church  expressing 
their  appreciation  for  the  faithful  labors  of  Rev.  C.  M.  Boyd.  Received 
as  information. 

4.  From  the  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.  requesting  permission  to  labor 
outside  the  bounds  of  Presbytery  for  the  purpose  of  teaching  Bible  at 
Davidson  College.  The  request  was  granted. 

5.  From  the  Stated  Clerk  of  the  General  Assembly  advising  the 
Presbytery  of  the  Assembly's  recommendations  relative  to  the  vote  of 
Church  Union.  The  vote  was  docketed  for  the  January  Meeting  of  Pres- 
bytery. A  Committee  of  six  was  appointed  to  study  the  matter  and 
lead  the  discussion.   (See  report  of  the  Nominating  Committee.) 

6.  From  the  Trustees  of  Presbytery  requesting  approval  of  their 
action  in  executing  a  general  permit  to  the  Southern  Bell  Telephone  and 
Telegraph  Co.  which  grants  to  them  a  right-of-way  for  the  direction 
and  maintenance  of  its  line  along  the  dividing  line  between  the  property 
conveyed  to  the  Trustees  by  the  George  Goodyear  Co.  and  the  Massie 
property  adjoining  the  same  on  the  Westerly  side,  as  recorded  in  deed 
book  1670,  page  218.  The  request  was  granted. 

Special  Prayer — Rev.  S.  M.  Glasgow  led  the  Presbytery  in 
prayer  for  the  following  members  who  are  sick:  Rev.  C.  H. 
Little,  Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff,  Rev.  Jonas  Barclay. 

Report  of  Commission  on  Minister  and  His  Work — The  fol- 
lowing Report  of  the  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His 
Work  was  read  and  admitted  to  record. 

REPORT  OF  COMMISSION  ON  MINISTER  AND  HIS  WORK 

Since  the  last  meeting  of  Presbytery  your  Commission  on  the  Min- 
ister and  His  Work  has  transacted  the  following  business: 

1.  Dissolved  the  relationship  existing  between  Rev.  Gilbert  Kirck- 
hoff and  the  Tenth  Avenue  Church;  and  the  relationship  existing  be- 
tween Rev.  Milos  Strupl  and  the  Marshville  Church. 


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2.  Approved  calls  for  the  services  of  Rev.  Hugh  Jefferson  at  South 
Park  Church;  Rev.  Clifford  Caldwell  at  St.  Andrews  Church;  for  Rev. 
J.  S.  Garner  at  Forest  Hill  Church;  for  Rev.  J.  Leo  Hall  at  Bethlehem 
Church. 

Roswell  Long,  Chairman 

Report  of  Commissions — The  following  Commissions  ap- 
pointed by  Presbytery  made  their  reports  which  were  ad- 
mitted to  record. 

1.  To  ordain  and  install  Rev.  M.  B.  Dudley. 

July  11,  1954 

The  Commission  appointed  by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  at  the  Spring- 
session  to  ordain  and  install  Mr.  Bland  Dudley,  pastor  of  the  McQuay 
Memorial  Church  met  at  the  Church,  Sunday,  July  11,  7:50  P.M.  Meeting 
was  constituted  with  prayer  by  Rev.  W.  T.  Smith.  Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston 
was  elected  secretary.   Rev.   R.  H.   Stone,   D.D.,   chairman,   presided. 

The  commission  subsequently,  met  with  the  evening  congregation 
and  the  following  order  of  procedure  followed.  After  singing  the  hymn 
"Come,  Thou  Almighty  King,"  the  Scripture,  Acts  2:37-47  was  read  by 
Ruling  Elder  J.  C.  Reid,  Jr.  followed  with  prayer  by  Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston. 
Rev.  Eugene  D.  Witherspoon,  Th.D.  of  St.  Andrews  Covenant  Church, 
Wilmington,  by  request  preached  the  sermon,  using  as  the  subject  "The 
Secret  of  a  Growing  Church."  The  constitutional  questions  were  read 
by  Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston.  Laying  on  of  the  hands  of  Presbytery  was  fol- 
lowed by  ordination  and  installation  prayer  led  by  Dr.  Witherspoon.  It 
now  being  in  order,  the  chairman  declared  Mr.  Dudley  duly  elected, 
ordained  and  installed,  pastor  of  the  church. 

Charge  to  the  new  pastor  was  made  by  Rev.  W.  T.  Smith,  and  charge 
to  the  congregation  by  Ruling  Elder,  Dr.  W.  C.  Robinson. 

Following  the  singing  of  the  hymn,  "Lead  On,  0  King  Eternal,"  the 
congregation  was  dismissed  with  the  benediction  by  Rev.  Mr.  Dudley. 

Immediately  after  the  service  the  commission  met — minutes  were 
approved  and  Dr.  Witherspoon  led  the  closing  prayer. 

Members  of  the  commission:  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  D.D.,  Rev.  W.  T. 
Smith,  Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston,  Rev.  Eugene  D.  Witherspoon,  Th.D.,  Elder 
C.  W.  Robinson,  M.D.,  Elder  J.  C.  Reid,  Jr.  and  Elder  R.  E.  L.  Prather. 

(Signed)  F.  S.  Johnston,  Secretary 

2.  To  ordain  and  install  Rev.  Fred  C.  Holder. 

The  Commission  appointed  to  ordain  and  install  Rev.  Fred  C.  Holder, 
pastor  of  Ramah  Presbyterian  Church  met  in  the  Session  Room  of  the 
church  at  7:30  P.M.,  July  11,  1954. 

The  Chairman  of  the  Commission,  Rev.  Steward  W.  Yandle,  led  the 
Commission  in  prayer.  Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger  was  appointed  secretary. 
The  other  members  present  were  Rev.  Roy  F.  Whitley,  Rev.  J.  W.  Grier 
and  Elders  L.  Mayes  and  T.  L.  Kerns. 

Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson,  a  member  of  the  Commission  on  the  Minister 
and  His  Work,  presented  the  approval  of  the  Commission  for  the  call  of 
the  Ramah  Church  for  the  pastoral  services  of  Mr.  Holder  and  pre- 
sented the  call  of  the  church  to  him.  This  he  accepted. 


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The  Commission  then  united  with  the  congregation  of  Ramah  Church 
in  a  service  of  worship  led  by  the  retiring  pastor,  Rev.  J.  W.  Grier. 
After  a  devotional  service,  Dr.  Grier  introduced  the  members  of  the 
Commission  and  turned  the  service  over  to  the  Chairman,  Rev.  Stewart 
Yandle.  A  sermon  was  preached  by  Rev.  Roy  F.  Whitley  on  the  subject, 
" "    from     

Mr.  Yandle  then  briefly  recited  the  proceedings  of  Presbytery  pre- 
paratory to  the  ordination  of  Mr.  Holder;  pointed  out  the  nature  and 
importance  of  the  ordinance  and  the  solemnity  of  the  transaction.  He 
then  proposed  to  him  the  ordination  vows  and  the  questions  for  instal- 
lation as  pastor,  all  of  which  he  answered  in  the  affirmative.  The  con- 
gregation answered  their  questions  in  the  affirmative.  Mr.  Holder  then 
knelt  and  all  members  of  Presbytery  present  engaged  in  the  laying  on 
of  hands  and  the  Chairman  led  in  prayer.  The  service  of  ordination  was 
completed  by  the  giving  of  the  right  hand  of  fellowship  and  Mr.  Holder 
was  declared  by  the  Chairman  to  be  regularly  elected,  ordained  and 
installed  Pastor  of  Ramah  Presbyterian  Church. 

After  a  charge  to  the  pastor  by  Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger  and  a  charge 
to  the  congregation  by  Elder  L.  Mayes  the  service  was  concluded  with 
the  Benediction  by  the  Pastor. 

While  the  officers  and  members  of  the  church  were  greeting  their 
new  pastor,  the  Commission  retired,  reviewed  and  approved  the  Minutes 
and  were  dismissed  with  prayer  by  Dr.  Grier. 

Stewart  W.  Yandle,  Chairman 
H.  G.  Bedinger,   Secretary 

3.  To  install  Rev.  Andrew  A.  Allen. 

January  31,  1954 
Report   on   Commission  appointed   to   install   Rev.    Andrew   Allen   as 
pastor  of  Amay  James  Presbyterian   Church: 

The  Commission  met  on  the  above  date  at  7:15  P.M.  in  a  Sunday 
School  room  at  Amay  James  Church.  Those  present  were  Mr.  Rufas 
Grier,  chairman,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  Elder  Luther 
Goodwin.  Mr.  Grier  led  in  prayer.  At  the  church  service  in  the  Sanctu- 
ary Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  presided  and  propounded  the  constitutional  ques- 
tions. Rev.  Charles  Coles  of  Bowling  Green,  Ky.,  led  in  prayer.  Rev. 
D.  E.  Wilkinson  preached  the  sermon.  Elder  Rufus  Grier  charged  the 
minister,  and  Elder  Luther  Goodwin  charged  the  congregation. 

Rev.  Andrew  Allen  was  duly  installed  according  to  the  requirements 
of  the  Book  of  Church  Order. 

Rev.    Andrew    Allen  pronounced    the    benediction.    The    Commission 

returned  to  the  Sunday  School  room  where  the  minutes  were  read  and 

approved.  Rev.  William  Reeves,  Division  of  Negro  Work,   Atlanta,  led 
the  closing  prayer. 

David  E.  Wilkinson,  Secretary  of  Commission 

4.  To  install  Rev.  Richard  V.  Colen. 

To  install  the  Rev.  Richard  V.  Colen  at  Amity  Presbyterian  Church: 
The  Commission  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  install  the  Rev.  Richard 
V.  Colen  as  pastor  of  the  Amity  Presbyterian  Church  met  in  the  Sunday 
School  room  of  the  church  on  Sunday  evening,  April  25,  1954.  Members 


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present  were  the  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper,  Chairman,  the  Rev.  Sam  H.  Zealy, 
the  Rev.  W.  H.  Johnston,  Dr.  C.  G.  McClure,  Dr.  C.  W.  Robinson,  Elder 
of  Sugaw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church,  and  Elder  Carl  W.  Fincher  of 
Amity  Presbyterian  Church. 

The  Commission  was  constituted  with  prayer  by  Dr.  C.  W.  Robinson. 
The  Rev.  Sam  Zealy  was  elected  secretary.  The  following  parts  were 
assigned:  Mr.  Cooper  to  preside  and  propound  the  constitutional  ques- 
tions; Mr.  Zealy  to  preach;  Dr.  McClure  to  charge  the  pastor;  Dr.  Rob- 
inson to  charge  the  congregation.  Mr.  Johnston  to  pray. 

The  Commission  then  moved  to  the  sanctuary  and  engaged  in  wor- 
ship with  the  congregation.  Mr.  Cooper  presided  and  Mr.  Zealy  preached 
the  sermon  upon  the  text.  Col.  1:17  "And  He  is  the  head  of  the  body, 
the  church."  Topic:  "The  Head  of  the  Church." 

The  Commission  then  proceeded  to  install  the  Rev.  Richard  V.  Colen 
as  pastor  of  the  Amity  Presbyterian  Church.  Mr.  Cooper  propounded 
the  constitutional  questions.  Dr.  McClure  charged  the  Pastor,  Dr.  C.  W. 
Robinson  charged  the  Congregation.  Mr.  Johnston  concluded  the  instal- 
lation with  prayer.  After  the  singing  of  a  hymn  the  worship  service  was 
concluded  with  the  benediction  by  Mr.  Cohen,  the  new  pastor. 

While  the  members  of  the  congregation  congratulated  the  newly 
installed  pastor,  the  Commission  retired  to  the  Sunday  School  Room. 
The  minutes  were  read  and  approved.  The  Commission  was  adjourned 
with  prayer  by  Mr.  Cooper. 

E.  B.  Cooper,  Chairman 
Sam   Zealy,    Secretary 

5.    To  organize  Forest  Hill  Church. 

The  Commission  appointed  by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  organize 
a  church  on  Woodlawn  Road  met  in  the  Woodlawn  School  on  June  6, 
1954  at  10:30  A.M.  The  meeting  was  called  to  order  by  the  Chairman, 
Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier,  and  was  opened  with  prayer  by  Rev.  Roswell  C. 
Long.  Other  members  of  the  Commission  present  were:  Revs.  J.  S.  Gar- 
ner, Jr.,  Jonas  Barclay,  W.  S.  Boyce,  R.  H.  Stone  and  Elders  C.  W.  Gil- 
christ, Beaumert  Whitton  and  Irwin  Belk.  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  was  asked 
to  serve  as  clerk. 

The  first  matter  of  business  was  the  reception  of  members.  The  fol- 
lowing were  received  by  letters  from  other  churches:  Mrs.  W.  McG. 
Buck,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Z.  R.  Little,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  John  Leake,  Jr.,  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  Frank  N.  Littlejohn,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Danile  Ray,  III,  Mrs.  Lawrence 
B.  Helms,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Harry  Neely,  Sr.,  Harry  L.  Neely,  Jr.,  George 
O.  Neely,  Romas  T.  White,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  H.  C.  Lawing,  Jr.,  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  David  White,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  T.  Melvin  Cook,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Roger  W. 
Blackwelder,  Jr.,  Brenda  Kay  Blackwelder,  Roger  W.  Blackwelder,  III, 
Robert  T.  Blackwelder,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Henry  B.  Foard,  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Calvin  Sloan,  Alyce  Foard,  Jean  Foard,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  D.  Lawrence 
Smith,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  James  A.  Zell,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  A.  G.  Brown,  Jr.,  Mrs. 
B.  H.  Mayberry,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  R.  W.  Blackwelder,  Sr.,  Francis  B.  Gar- 
ner, Walter  L.  Blackwelder,  Mrs.  J.  Samuel  Garner,  Mrs.  Carl  S.  John- 
son, Mrs.  W.  L.  Garmon,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Hollis  A.  Wright,  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
D.  S.  MacRae,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Harry  T.  Atkinson,  Jr.,  Mrs.  J.  E.  Black- 
welder, Mr.  and  Mrs.  J.  C.  Southerland  and  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Frank  C.  Aber- 
nethy. 


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These  were  received  pending  the  reception  of  their  letters:  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  M.  L.  Harkey,  Jr.,  Mrs.  S.  H.  Grainger,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  T.  M.  Black- 
welder,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  T.  W.  Hicks,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Jack  I.  Patterson,  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  Carl  T.  Patterson,  Geraldine  Blackwelder,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  E.  L. 
Blackwelder,  Edwin  Connor  Blackwelder,  E.  L.  Nance,  William  F.  Arras, 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  W.  G.  Fowler,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ira  T.  Yopp,  Jr.,  R.  L.  Wood- 
cock, Mr.  J.  E.  Blackwelder  and  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Lewis  Blackwelder. 

The  Commission  entered  into  the  auditorium  and  joined  with  the 
congregation  in  a  service  of  worship  led  by  the  Chairman.  Rev.  Roswell 
C.  Long  preached  the  sermon,  the  subject  being  "The  Church."  Atten- 
tion was  called  to  the  fact  that  a  church  was  being  organized  on  the 
anniversary  of  Pentecost, 

Rev.  J.  S.  Garner,  Jr.  had  charge  of  the  reception  of  members  com- 
ing by  statement,  by  profession  of  faith  and  baptism,  Mr.  Carl  S.  John- 
son and  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Kenneth  Lumley  were  received  by  statement.  Mrs. 
William  F.  Arras  and  Mr.  William  Henry  Blackwelder  were  received  by 
profession  of  faith;  and  by  profession  of  faith  and  baptism  came  Mr. 
Lawrence  B.  Helms,  Jr. 

Mr.  Grier  asked  the  Covenant  Vows  and  declared  the  group  "con- 
stitute a  church  according  to  the  Word  of  God  and  the  faith  and  order 
of  the  Presbyterian  Church  in  the  United  States."  The  congregation 
elected  to  be  known  as  The  Forest  Hill  Presbyterian  Church. 

The  congregation  voted  to  elect  nine  elders  and  nine  deacons  and 
adopted  the  rotary  system.  An  officer  was  not  to  succeed  himself  until 
there  had  been  a  lapse  of  one  year.  The  officers  were  to  determine  w^ho 
would  be  in  the  various  classes. 

The  following  were  elected,  ordained  (in  cases  of  the  unordained), 
and  installed  Elders:  Messrs.  Calvin  Sloan,  Harrv  L.  Neelv,  R.  W. 
Blackwelder,  Sr.,  Martin  L.  Harkey,  E.  L.  Blackwelder,  Frank  N.  Lit- 
tlejohn,  David  A.  White,  Romas  T.  White  and  Henry  B.  Foard. 

The  following  were  elected  and  installed  Deacons:  Messrs.  T.  Mel- 
vin  Cook,  Roger  W.  Blackwelder  and  Z.  R.  Little.  Mr.  E.  L.  Nance,  an 
ordained  Deacon  was  elected  but  was  not  present  for  installation.  These 
were  elected,  ordained  and  installed:  Messrs.  A.  G.  Brown,  Jr.,  J.  C. 
Southerland,  J.  A.  Zell,  Dan  Ray,  III  and  John  Leake,  Jr. 

The  charge  to  the  officers  was  given  by  Mr.  Beaumert  Whitton.  Mr. 
C.  W.  Gilchrist  charged  the  congregation  and  Mr.  Irwin  Belk  expressed 
the  greetings  of  the  Presbytery  to  the  new  congregation. 

The  date  for  the  closing  of  the  charter  membership  roll  was  the 
day  when  it  contained  one  hundred  communicants.  Rev.  J.  S,  Garner, 
Jr,  was  appointed  temporary  supply.  Mr.  Garner  pronounced  the  bene- 
diction, after  which  the  Commission  approved  its  minutes  and  was  ad- 
journed at  2  P.M.  with  a  prayer  by  the  Chairman. 

R.    A.    Grier,    Chairman 
R,  H,  Stone,  Clerk 

6.    To  organize  W.  H.  Belk  Church. 
MINUTES  OF  THE  COMMISSION  TO  ORGANIZE  THE  W.  H.  BELK 
PRESBYTERIAN  CHURCH 

On  May  2,  1954  at  10:30  A.M.  the  Commission  appointed  to  organize 
The  W.  H.  Belk  Presbyterian  Church  met  in  one  of  the  Sunday  School 


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rooms  of  the  Church.  The  following  were  present:  Revs.  Jonas  Barclay, 
R.  H.  Stone  and  Cecil  Lawrence;  Elders  Vance  Baucom,  Beaumert  Whit- 
ton,  Irwin  Belk,  W.  E.  Price  and  Rufus  A.  Grier,  Chairman.  The  meet- 
ing was  opened  with  prayer.  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  was  elected  clerk. 

These  members  were  received  into  The  W.  H.  Belk  Presbyterian 
Church  by  transfer:  Mrs.  J.  W.  Allred,  W.  H.  Allred,  Ruth  Allred  and 
Mrs.  C.  E.  Kay,  from  the  South  Park  Presbyterian  Church;  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  P.  S.  Snipes,  from  the  West  Avenue  Presbyterian  Church;  Mr. 
George  W.  Hager,  Fairfield  Methodist  Church;  Mr.  and  Mrs.  E.  F. 
Rigsbee,  Ebenezer  A.R.P.  Church;  Mr.  and  Mrs.  J.  H.  Bryant,  Pritchard 
Memorial  Baptist  Church;  Mrs.  W.  L.  Bishop,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Roy  L. 
McKain,  Glenwood  A.R.P.  Church;  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Horace  E.  Davis,  Wil- 
liams Memorial  Presbyterian  Church;  Mr.  Paul  J.  Farmer,  First  Chris- 
tian Church;  Mr.  and  Mrs.  T.  W.  Biggs,  Jr.,  Tabernacle  A.R.P.  Church; 
Mr.  Paul  Wentz,  Seigle  Avenue  Presbyterian  Church;  Mrs.  C.  B.  Yan- 
dell  and  Mr.  C.  B.  Yandell,  Jr.,  Church  of  The  Holy  Comforter;  Mrs. 
August  Tuck,  Wesleyan  Methodist;  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Roy  Nixon,  Haw- 
thorne Lane  Methodist;  Mrs.  Mary  Roberts,  Northside  Presbyterian 
Church,  Gastonia;  Mr.  tlohn  W.  Zeigler,  Camp  Greene  Presbyterian. 

The  following  were  received  pending  the  reception  of  their  letters  or 
by  statement:  Mrs.  Esther  Honbarger,  Bethel  Methodist;  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
A.  W.  Barnes,  Southside  Baptist  Church;  Mr.  Victor  J.  Carpenter,  First 
Baptist,  York,  S.  C;  Mrs.  Evelyn  Hill  Carpenter,  Trinity  Methodist, 
York,  S.  C;  Mrs.  Johnny  R.  Autry,  Commonwealth  Baptist;  Mrs.  Louise 
C.  Ward,  East  Lake  Christian  Church,  Chattanooga,  Tenn.;  Asheboro, 
N.  C;  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ray  E.  Goodin,  Woodlawn  Baptist;  Mr.  Arthur  S. 
Chesser  Wesley  Heights  Methodist;  Mr.  L.  J.  Burris,  West  Albemarle 
Baptist;  Mrs.  Charles  Patterson,  St.  John  Methodist;  Mrs.  Janet  Zeigler, 
Sandy  Level  Baptist;  Mrs.  Nettie  Biggers,  Sandy  Plain  Baptist  and  Mrs. 
Helen  Mumford,  Gospel  Tabernacle,  Asheville. 

The  roll  for  charter  membership  was  to  be  kept  open  until  July  20th. 

The  Commission  joined  with  the  congregation  in  a  service  of  wor- 
ship in  the  sanctuary.  With  Mr.  Grier  presiding.  Rev.  J.  Cecil  Law- 
rence preached  from  the  text  "The  Church  in  God." 

Additional  members  were  received  by  statement  and  reaffirmation  of 
their  faith:  Mr.  and  Mrs.  L.  H.  Conrad,  Mrs.  August  Tuck,  and  Mr. 
Irwin  Mumford. 

These  were  received  by  a  profession  of  faith  and  baptism,  where  it 
had  not  already  been  administered:  Mr.  Arthur  Honbarger,  Mrs.  George 
Hager,  Mr.  Ralph  Ward,  Mr.  J.  H.  Allred,  Miss  Susan  E.  Allred,  Mrs. 
A.  S.  Chesser,  Miss  Peggy  Barnes,  Miss  Becky  Barnes,  Mrs.  L.  J. 
Burris,  Mr.  Marshall  Merritt,  Mr.  Odie  Rigdon  Heath,  III,  Mr.  Wilbur 
Snipes,  Mr.  William  Snipes,  Mr.  Jack  E.  Biggers,  Mr.  Glenn  Roberts, 
Mr,  J.  T.  Autry,  Miss  Virginia  Neighbors,  Miss  Betty  Simpson,  Miss 
Sue  Simpson,  Mrs.  Novella  Fox,  Mr.  George  Yandell,  Miss  Barbara 
Yandell  (the  two  latter  were  baptized  in  infancy),  Mrs.  Jerome  Bau- 
com, Mr.  Ray  Baucom,  Mr.  Jerry  Tuck,  Mr.  Raymond  Tuck,  Mrs.  Ray- 
mond Tuck,  Mr.  Leonard  Conrad  and  Miss  Linda  Conrad. 

The  following  officers  were  elected  and  installed:  Elders  P.  S.  Snipes, 
George  W.  Hager  and  A.  W.  Barnes;  Deacons:  Arthur  Honbarger,  Ray 
Goodin,  Leonard  Conrad,  Jack  Biggers,  Glenn  Roberts  and  Irwin  Mum- 


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ford.  Paul  J.  Farmer  was  elected  an  Elder  but  was  absent  and  could  not 
be  ordained. 

Mr.  W.  E.  Price  delivered  the  charge  to  the  officers  and  Mr.  Vance 
Baucom  gave  the  charge  to  the  congregation.  Mr.  Irwin  Belk  extended 
the  greetings  of  the  Presbytery  to  the  new  organization.  Dr.  J.  Cecil 
Lawrence  was  appointed  moderator  of  the  session. 

Following  the  benediction  the  Commission  approved  its  minutes  and 
was  adjourned  with  prayer. 

R.    A.    Grier,    Chairman 
R.  H.   Stone,  Secretary 

Report  of  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — The  Com- 
mittee on  Ministerial  Education  made  the  following  Report 
which  was  adopted. 

The  Committee  on  ministerial  education  would  introduce  Mr.  Clifford 
Douglas  Caldwell  and  Mr.  Vance  Baucom,  candidates  for  the  Gospel 
Ministry  who  present  themselves  to  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  for  exami- 
nation leading  to  their  licensure. 

Mr.  Clifford  Douglas  Caldwell  has  completed  his  theological  training* 
at  Union  Theological  Seminary  and  comes  to  us  by  transfer  as  a 
candidate  from  Holsten  Presbytery,  Synod  of  Virginia.  His  thesis  on 
"Predestination:  Calvin  vs.  Arminias,"  and  his  exegesis  of  Isaiah 
52:13 — 53:12  have  both  been  reviewed  and  approved.  For  his  sermon, 
he  will  preach  on  "A  Priceless  Inheritance"  from  II  Timothy  1:6-7.  Mr. 
Caldwell  has  been  called  to  the  St.  Andrews  Church. 

Mr.  Vance  Baucom,  candidate  under  the  extraordinary  case  clause 
has  completed  two  years  at  Union  Theological  Seminary  as  an  English 
student.  By  virtue  of  his  special  status  as  a  candidate,  he  is  not  re- 
quired to  present  an  exegesis  of  a  passage  of  Scripture.  His  thesis 
written  on  "The  Personality  and  Work  of  the  Holy  Spirit"  has  been 
read  and  approved.  He  will  preach  his  sermon  on  the  subject:  "The  Ad- 
vocate" from  John  14.  Mr.  Baucom  has  been  called  to  the  W.  Henry 
Belk   Church. 

We  recommend  both  of  these  men  to  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  for 
licensure,  and  following  Presbytery's  approval  of  their  trial  parts  that 
the  calls  be  placed  in  their  hands.  (NB  par  137  B  Ch  0.) 

The  following  young  men  have  asked  to  be  received  as  candidates 
for  the  Gospel  Ministry  under  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery: 

1.  Mr.  Arthur  McKee  Dye,  Jr.  (born  Sept.  26,  1935)  a  member  of 
the  Caldwell  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church,  Charlotte  and  a  sopho- 
more at  Davidson  College. 

2.  Mr.  Leslie  Austen  Everett,  Jr.  (born  Nov.  8,  1933)  a  member  of 
the  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Monroe,  N.  C,  and  a  Junior  at  Guilford 
College. 

3.  Mr.  James  Preston  Sample,  III  (born  June  1,  1935)  a  member  of 
the  Amity  Presbyterian  Church,  Charlotte,  and  a  sophomore  at  Duke 
University. 

4.  Mr.  James  Hoyt  Sell,  Jr.  (born  October  6,  1936)  a  member  of  the 
First  Presbyterian  Church,  Monroe,  N.  C,  who  will  enter  Davidson 
College  this  fall  as  a  freshman. 


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These  men  have  met  with  your  committee  and  we  are  satisfied  as 
to  their  Christian  character,  personality,  vocational  fitness  and  the 
physical,  mental  and  spiritual  qualifications.  Their  references  and  testi- 
monials were  highly  commendatory. 

We  recommend  that  they  be  received  under  care  of  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery  pending  approval  of  their  examination  on  experimental 
religion  and  their  statements  of  motives  for  seeking  the  Gospel  min- 
istry. 

Fathers  and  Brethren: 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery  now  has  44  candidates  under  her  care  for 
the  Gospel  Ministry,  with  two  additional  candidates  in  preparation  for 
lay  service.  We  would  emphasize  the  continual  need  for  challenging  the 
youth  of  our  Presbytery  with  the  call  of  Christ  to  Christian  service. 
"The  fields  are  white  unto  harvest  and  the  laborers  are  few." 

Following  a  contact  with  all  of  our  candidates  by  mail,  Mr.  Samuel 
B.  Schulken,  Jr.,  has  requested  that  his  status  be  changed  from  "candi- 
date for  the  ministry"  to  "candidate  for  lay  service."  Mr.  Schulken 
who  is  unusually  talented  musically  feels  he  is  called  to  serve  in  the 
field  of  music,  and  would  prepare  himself  as  an  organist-choir  director. 
He  plans  attending  the  Westminster  Choir  College. 

Mr.  George  Edward  Melton  and  William  C.  Washam  have  both  asked 
to  be  dropped  from  the  roll  of  candidates — they  being  under  the  pres- 
ent conviction  that  they  can  serve  our  Lord  best  as  consecrated  laymen. 

Your  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  therefore  recommends: 

1.  That  the  status  of  Samuel  B.  Schulken,  Jr.  be  changed  from 
"candidate  for  the  ministry"  to  "candidate  for  lay   service." 

2.  That  George  Edward  Melton  and  William  C.  Washam  be  dropped 
from  the  roll  of  candidates. 

G.   Dana  Waters,   Chairman 
Committee   on    Ministerial    Education 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery. 

Ministers  Received — The  following  Ministers  seeking  mem- 
bership in  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  presented  certificates  of 
transfer:  Rev.  W.  F.  Mitchell  of  the  Mississippi  Valley  Pres- 
bytery of  the  Associate  Reformed  Presbyterian  Church;  and 
Rev.  W.  T.  Taylor  of  the  St.  Lawrence  Baptist  Church,  In- 
verness, Mississippi.  Their  certificates  of  transfer  were  found 
in  order  and  the  Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine  the  Min- 
isters in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church 
Order.  The  examination  was  approved  as  satisfactory  and 
they  were  enrolled  upon  the  signing  of  the  Covenant. 

A  Call  for  the  services  of  Rev.  W.  F.  Mitchell  from  the 
Sunset  Hills  Church  was  placed  in  his  hands  and  accepted  by 
him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  to  install  him.  (See  Report 
of  the  Committee  on  Installations.) 

The  Rev.  W.  T.  Taylor  will  work  under  the  Sub-Committee 


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on  Home  Missions  in  the  Brookhill-Southside  Homes  area  of 
the  city  of  Charlotte. 

A  Call  for  the  services  of  the  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  from  the 
Forest  Hills  Church  was  placed  in  his  hands  and  accepted  by 
him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  to  install  him.  (See  Re- 
port of  Committee  on  Installations.) 

Candidates  Examined  for  Licensure  and  Ordination — The 

Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  presented  the  following 
Candidates  for  Licensure  and  Ordination:  Mr.  Clifford  D. 
Caldwell  who  was  received  into  the  Presbytery  as  a  Candidate 
for  the  Gospel  Ministry  from  Holston  Presbytery,  and  Mr. 
Vance  Baucom,  a  candidate  under  the  care  of  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery.  Being  satisfied  with  the  recommendations  of  the 
Committee  the  Presbytery  proceeded  to  the  examination  of 
the  Candidates  for  Licensure  and  Ordination  in  accordance 
with  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church  Order. 

Recess — The  hour  for  lunch  having  arrived  the  Presby- 
tery took  recess  at  1  P.M.  to  reconvene  at  2  P.M.  Rev.  Watt 
M.  Cooper  led  in  prayer. 

AFTERNOON  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  at  2  P.M.  and  was  led  in  prayer  by 
Mr.  Vance  Baucom. 

Moderator  Nominated— The  Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall  was 
elected  Moderator-Nominee  for  the  next  meeting  of  Presby- 
tery. 

Examination  Continued — The  examination  of  Mr.  Baucom 
and  Mr.  Caldwell  was  resumed.  Mr.  Baucom  preached  his  ser- 
mon from  the  text  John  14:18-26.  The  subject  was  "The  Ad- 
vocate." 

Mr.  Caldwell  preached  his  sermon  from  the  text  H  Tim- 
othy 1:3-14  using  as  his  subject  "A  Priceless  Inheritance." 
The  examination  as  a  whole  was  approved  as  satisfactory. 

A  Call  for  the  services  of  Mr.  Clifford  D.  Caldwell  from 
the  St.  Andrews  Church  was  placed  in  his  hands  and  ac- 
cepted by  him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  to  Ordain  and 
Install  him.  (See  Report  of  Committee  on  Installations.) 

A  Call  for  the  services  of  Mr.  Vance  Baucom  from  the 
W.  H.  Belk  Church  was  placed  in  his  hands  and  accepted  by 


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him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  to  Ordain  and  Install  him. 
(See  Report  of  Committee  on  Installations.) 

Candidates  Received — The  Committee  on  Ministerial  Edu- 
cation presented  the  following  young  men  who  are  seeking  to 
be  taken  under  the  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  as  Can- 
didates for  the  Gospel  Ministry:  Arthur  McKee  Dye,  Jr.,  of 
the  Caldwell  Memorial  Church;  Leslie  Austin  Everett,  Jr.,  of 
the  First  Church,  Monroe,  N.  C.  and  James  Preston  Sample, 
III,  of  the  Amity  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C.  Upon  the  recom- 
mendation of  the  Committee  the  Presbytery  proceeded  to 
their  examination  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the 
Book  of  Church  Order.  The  examination  was  approved  as  sat- 
isfactory and  they  were  received  under  the  care  of  the  Pres- 
bytery as  Candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry. 

The  Rev.  Charles  G.  McClure  gave  the  Charge  to  the  Can- 
didates. The  Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley  led  in  the  prayer  of  dedication. 

The  Committee  was  commended  by  Presbytery  for  its  ex- 
cellent work. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Nominations — The  Committee  on 
Nominations  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted. 

Your  Committee  on  Nominations  recommends  that  the  following 
Committee  be  appointed  to  lead  the  discussions  on  Church  Union  at  the 
January  meeting. 

Dr.  M.  T.  Gilmour,  Chairman,  Rev.  Lawrence  I.  Stell,  Rev.  Sam  M. 
Inman,  Rev.  Charles  G.  McClure,  Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  and  Mr.  A.  R.  Shaw. 

Report  of  Presbytery's  Council — The  following  report  of 
Presbytery's  Council  was  read  and  adopted. 

Presbytery's  Council  met  in  the  office  of  the  Executive  Secretary  on 
Friday,  July  16,  at  2:30.  Dr.  L.  I.  Stell,  chairman  of  the  Committee  on 
Full-time  Chaplain  for  Presbyterian  Hospital,  reported  conversations 
with  the  administration,  members  of  the  hospital  staff,  and  Dr.  C.  M. 
Boyd,  hospital  visitor.  Definite  recommendations  will  be  presented  to 
the  Presbytery  at  a  later  date. 

The  Council  recommends: 

1.  That  Presbytery  accept  the  benevolent  askings  for  Assembly  and 
Synod  causes  of  $406,629.  This  represents  the  largest  Presbyterial  ask- 
ing in  the  Synodical  benevolent  budget  of  $1,627,928. 

2.  That  the  Presbytery  appoint  a  "Forward  With  Christ"  Committee 
in  response  to  the  request  of  The  General  Council  and  in  cooperation 
with  Assembly's  program.  The  General  Council  suggests  that  the  Chair- 
man of  Stewardship  and  Executive  Secretary  be  members  of  this  com- 
mittee. 

W.  M.  Boyce,  Chairman 


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Report  of  Committee  on  Installations — The  Committee  on 
Installations  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted. 

In  compliance  with  the  requests  of  the  men  to  be  installed  and  or- 
dained by  the  Presbytery  in  the  near  future  the  following  recommenda- 
tions are  made: 

1.  The  following  be  appointed  a  Commission  of  Presbytery  to  or- 
dain and  install  Mr.  Vance  Baucom  as  pastor  of  the  W.  H.  Beik  Pres- 
byterian Church  on  Sunday,  July  25,  7:30  P.M.:  The  Rev.  W.  S.  Boyce 
to  charge  the  pastor;  Dr.  R.  H.  Stone  to  preside  and  propound  the  con- 
stitutional questions;  Dr.  Cecil  Lawrence  to  preach  the  sermon;  Elder 
J.  B.  Kuykendall  to  charge  the  congregation;  Alternates:  The  Rev. 
Bland  Dudley  and  Elder  George  Hager. 

2.  That  the  following  be  appointed  a  Commission  of  Presbytery  to 
ordain  and  install  Mr.  Clifford  D.  Caldwell  as  pastor  of  the  St.  Andrews 
Presbyterian  Church  on  Sunday,  August  1,  at  8  P.M:  The  Rev.  Dana 
Waters  to  preside  and  propound  the  constitutional  questions;  The  Rev. 
George  Feltcher  to  charge  the  minister;  Elder  James  E.  Williams  to 
charge  the  congregation;  Alternates:  The  Rev.  Stewart  Yandell,  The 
Rev.  Bland  Dudley  and  Elder  Garry  Todd.  And  further  that  Dr.  Thomas 
Fry,  pastor  of  First  Presbyterian  Church  ot  Bristol,  Tennessee,  Hol- 
ston  Presbytery,  be  invited  to  preach  the  sermon. 

3.  That  the  following  be  appointed  a  Commission  of  Presbytery 
to  install  the  Rev.  W.  F.  Mitchell  as  pastor  of  the  Sunset  Hills  Presby- 
terian Church  on  Sunday,  July  25,  8  r.lVi.:  Dr.  W.  ivi.  Boyce  to  presiae 
and  propound  the  constitutional  questions;  Dr.  C.  M.  Boyd  to  charge 
the  pastor;  The  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr  to  preach  the  sermon;  Elder  R.  A. 
Grier  to  charge  the  congregation,  and  Elder  W.  E.  Price  to  lead  the 
installation  prayer. 

4.  That  the  following  be  appointed  a  Commission  of  Presbytery  to 
install  the  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  as  pastor  of  the  Forest  Hill  Presbyterian 
Church  on  Sunday,  September  12,  8  P.M.:  Dr.  R.  C.  Long  to  preside 
and  propound  the  constitutional  questions;  Dr.  James  A.  Jones  to 
preach  the  sermon;  Dr.  R.  H.  Stone  to  charge  the  pastor;  Elder  James 
B.  Kuykendall  to  charge  the  congregation,  and  Elder  W.  E.  Price, 
alternate.  And  that  this  committee  be  given  authority  to  change  date 
if  need  be. 

5.  That  a  quorum  of  the  Commissions  1  and  2  above  be  three  Min- 
isters and  an  Elder. 

6.  That  a  quorum  of  Commissions  in  3  and  4  above  be  two  Minis- 
ters and  an  Elder. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Presbytery's  Records — The  Com- 
mittee on  Presbytery's  Records  made  the  following  report 
which  was  adopted. 

Your  Committee  finds  the  records  in  excellent  order  and  commends 
the  Clerks  for  their  diligence. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Resolutions — The  Committee  on 
Resolutions  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted. 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery  meeting  in  205th  stated  session  at  McQuay 


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Memorial  Presbyterian  Church,  Tuesday,  July  20,  1954,  expresses  its 
earnest  gratitude  and  sincere  appreciation  to  the  host  pastor,  the  Rev. 
M.  B.  Dudley,  and  the  members  of  McQuay  Memorial  Presbyterian 
Church,  for  their  courteous  hospitality  and  careful  attention  to  our 
manifold  needs. 

The  Presbytery  also  rejoices  with  the  members  of  McQuay  Memorial 
Church  in  every  evidence  of  God's  mercy  in  past  achievements  and  as- 
sures these  members  and  their  pastor  of  continued  prayerful  interest. 

The  Presbytery  also  extends  fraternal  greeting  and  welcome  to  Min- 
isters received  into  Presbytery,  and  to  Ministerial  Candidates  taken 
under  care  of  Presbytery  on  this  date,  and  promises  to  each  our  heart- 
felt prayer  and  sincere  interest  in  their  future  service  to  Christ  and 
His  Church. 

It  is  suggested  that  copies  of  these  resolutions  be  sent  to  the  pastor 
of  McQuay  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church  to  be  conveyed  in  turn  to 
his  congregation;  and  to  each  new  Minister  received  and  ministerial 
candidates  taken  under  care  of  Presbytery. 

Vester  McLaughlin 

L.  M.  Rea 

Rev.  Dana  Waters 

Rev.  Howard   Chadwick,   Chairman 

Judicial  Business — An  agreement  was  reached  in  the  mat- 
ter of  a  complaint  made  by  Mr.  J.  B.  Wallace  against  the  Ses- 
sion of  the  East  Monroe  Presbyterian  Church.  The  Presbytery 
instructed  the  Session  of  the  East  Monroe  Church  to  restore 
Mr.  Wallace  to  the  Church  roll  as  a  member  in  good  standing 
and  asked  that  no  more  citations  be  issued  to  him.  Mr.  Wal- 
lace was  instructed  to  move  his  membership  to  some  other 
Church  and  to  desist  from  stirring  up  dissension  in  the 
Church. 

Report  of  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly — The 

following  made  their  reports  to  the  Presbytery  of  their  expe- 
riences at  the  last  meeting  of  the  General  Assembly:  Rev. 
C.  H.  Rowan,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Rev.  M.  G.  Lyerly,  Rev. 
W.  L.  Hall,  Rev.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  Ruling  Elders,  Vester  Mc- 
Laughlin and  H.  H.  Everett.  The  report  was  received  as  in- 
formation and  the  Commissioners  were  commended  for  their 
diligence. 

Motion  on  Procedure  for  January  Meeting — The  Presby- 
tery adopted  the  following  motion:  that  for  the  meeting  of 
the  Presbytery  in  January  1955  to  which  has  been  docketed 
the  matter  of  a  vote  on  Church  Union,  the  Presbytery  not 
extend  invitations  to,  or  grant  the  privileges  of  the  floor  to, 
any  representative  of  our  own  denomination  from  any  other 


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Presbytery,  or  from  the  Presbyterian  Church  in  the  United 
States  of  America,  or  from  the  United  Presbyterian  Church 
or  any  other  representative   of  any   other  denomination. 

Place  of  Next  Meeting — An  invitation  from  the  Session  of 
the  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church  for  the  next  meet- 
ing of  Presbytery  was  accepted. 

The  Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

Presbytery  adjourned  with  prayer  led  by  Rev.  Henry  S. 
Schum  to  meet  at  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church, 
Route  No.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C.  at  9  A.M.  on  September  14,  1954. 

J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr.,  Moderator 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 
B.  F.  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


W  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 

The  Two  Hundred  Sixth 

Stated  Session  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery 

Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church 
.     -4  Route  No.  9 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundred 
Sixth  Stated  Session  in  the  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian 
Church,  Route  No.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C.  at  9  A.M.  on  the  above 
date. 

The  Moderator,  Ruling  Elder  J.  B.  Kuykendall  presided 
and  led  the  opening  service  of  Worship.  On  the  invitation  of 
the  Moderator,  Rev.  Robert  Turner  preached  the  sermon 
from  the  text  Exodus  4:2. 

The  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper  was  celebrated  under 
the  leadership  of  Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison  and  Rev.  F.  S.  John- 
ston assisted  by  the  elders  of  the  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyte- 
rian Church. 

Memarial — The  following  Memorial  to  Rev.  Charles  Howie 
Little  was  read  by  Rev.  J.  W.  Grier  and  was  adopted. 

MEMORIAL  TO  REV.  CHARLES  HOWIE  LITTLE,  WRITTEN   BY 

REV.  J.  W.  GRIER  AND  READ   BEFORE  MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY   AT   ITS    206TH    STATED    SESSION, 

SEPTEMBER   14,   1954 

Rev.  Charles  Howie  Little,  Honorably  Retired  member  of  Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery,  died  July  29,  1954  and  was  buried  July  31,  1954  in 
Sharon  Presbyterian  Church  cemetery  adjoining  the  church  of  which 
he  had  been  pastor  for  thirty-three  years. 

Mr.  Little  was  born  in  Mecklenburg  County  near  Charlotte,  Sep- 
tember 28,  1872.  was  the  son  of  George  Washington  Little  and  Ella 
Elizabeth  Howie  Little.  He  married  Miss  Bonnie  Lucy  Anderson  of 
Etowah,  N.  C,  July  1,  1912.  This  union  was  blessed  with  two  sons, 
Lieutenant  Commander  George  Anderson  Little,  who  was  killed  in  the 
service  of  his  country  in  1945,  and  Charles  Howie  Little  of  State  Col- 
lege, Raleigh,  N.  C. 


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Mr.  Little  received  his  elementary  education  in  the  public  schools 
of  Mecklenburg:  County  and  took  his  High  School  work  at  the  Gray 
High  School  in  Huntersville,  N.  C.  He  entered  Davidson  College  in  1892 
and  graduated  from  that  institution  with  the  degree  of  A.B.  in  1896. 
In  the  fall  of  1897  he  entered  Princeton  Theological  Seminary  and  after 
one  year  he  transferred  to  Louisville  Theological  Seminary  from  which 
he  graduated  in  1901.  He  was  licensed  by  Potosi  Presbytery  July  18, 
1901  and  was  ordained  by  the  same  Presbytery  September  25,  1901. 

His  first  pastorate  was  New  Madrid,  Missouri,  1901  to  1906.  He 
then  came  back  to  North  Carolina  and  was  the  pastor  of  Unity,  Mac- 
pelah,  and  Castanea  churches  in  Kings  Mountain  Presbytery  from  1906 
to  1913.  In  1913  he  became  pastor  of  Sharon  Church  in  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery  which  church  he  continued  to  serve  until  retirement  in  1946. 
During  the  Sharon  pastorate  he  was  also  pastor  of  Carmel  and  Amity 
Churches  from  1913  to  1923.  Since  retirement  Mr.  Little  has  continued 
to  be  an  active  preacher.  He  has  supplied  many  churches,  the  more 
recent  ones  being  Banks,  Rehobeth,  Six  Mile  Creek  of  the  Belk  Larger 
Parish.  It  can  be  truly  said  that  Charlie  Little  was  a  faithful  servant 
of  his  Master. 

History  of  Cook's  Memorial  Church — The  following  His- 
tory of  the  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church  was  read 
by  Mrs.  George  L.  Cook  and  was  adopted. 

This  community  was  once  a  part  of  the  Paw  Creek  Presbyterian 
Church  territory.  The  minister  at  Paw  Creek  in  the  1880's,  Rev.  George 
L.  Cook,  held  a  number  of  services  in  the  community  from  time  to  time 
which  led  to  building  a  chapel  in  1887  on  what  is  now  Highway  16.  There 
this  church  was  organized  with  thirty-six  members  on  December  19, 
1891,  named  for  its  founder,  and  grouped  with  the  mother  church,  Paw 
Creek. 

The  one-room  chapel  was  used  until  a  new  church  with  four  Sunday 
School  rooms  was  built  under  the  leadership  of  Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan.  The 
location  was  changed  to  a  larger  lot,  the  present  site.  The  members 
contributed  timber  from  which  the  lumber  was  sawed,  and  the  men  of 
the  congregation  worked  together  in  building  the  church.  It  was  started 
in  1922,  completed  in  1923,  and  dedicated  in  1925  with  an  impressive 
service.  A  fellowship  hall,  known  as  the  Community  House,  was  also 
built  in  Mr.  Rowan's  pastorate. 

After  a  division  of  the  field  was  made  in  1944,  a  manse  was  built 
here.  Rev.  O.  C.  Williamson,  D.D.  accepted  a  call  and  was  installed  on 
December  17,  1944  as  this  church's  first  full-time  pastor.  Dr.  William- 
son did  not  spare  himself  in  the  work  of  the  church,  and  it  prospered 
in  his  hands.  Three  Sunday  School  rooms  were  added  and  other  im- 
provements made.  Many  new  homes  were  being  established  in  the  com- 
munity, congregations  grew  larger,  Sunday  School  rooms  overcrowded. 
In  the  spring  of  1950  the  congregation  elected  a  Planning  and  Building 
Committee  to  consider  enlarging  the  church  plant.  After  careful  consid- 
eration, a  new  church  building  was  recommended  and  a  study  of  plans 
began.  In  this  the  pastor  was  very  interested,  but  in  the  spring  of  1951 
his  health  which  had  been  impaired  for  some  time  failed,  and  he  re- 
quested   a    dissolution   of   the    pastoral    relationship.    A    resolution    was 


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passed  by  the  congregation  expressing  to  Dr.  Williamson  deep  apprecia- 
tion for  all  his  service  as  pastor  and  friend,  with  gratitude  for  rich 
spirtual  blessings  received  through  his  untiring  zeal  and  devotion.  Ap- 
preciation was  also  expressed  to  Mrs.  Williamson  for  her  leadership 
in  the  Women  of  the  Church  and  in  the  Sunday  School.  Dr.  Williamson's 
earthly  life  ended  on  October  19,  1951.  His  influence  lives. 

On  May  4,  1952  the  Rev.  Robert  W.  Rayburn  was  installed  pastor, 
and  the  work  of  the  church  goes  forward. 

In  the  fall  preparations  for  building  were  intensified.  The  Commit- 
tee devoted  much  time,  thought,  and  painstaking  work  in  drawing  plans 
best  suited  to  our  needs.  The  Church  authorized  a  special  financial  cam- 
paign, and  a  brochure  telling  the  story  of  our  dreams  and  plans  for  a 
new  church  was  prepared  and  distributed.  Architectural  drawings  were 
presented  to  the  congregation  and  approved.  Ground  was  broken  for 
the  building  on  June  7,  1953  after  which  construction  began  and  moved 
steadily  until  completed.  This  building  includes  the  sanctuary  and  four- 
teen class  rooms.  It  is  not  merely  steel  and  brick  and  mortar.  Built 
into  it  are  time,  talent,  means,  gifts  large  and  small,  hopes,  memories, 
prayers — our  house  of  worship  built  to  the  glory  of  God. 

The  doors  of  the  new  church  were  opened  on  March  7,  1954.  The  first 
sermon  in  the  sanctuary  was  preached  by  the  pastor  on  "The  True 
Marks  of  the  Church."  In  his  prayer  this  petition:  "Grant,  0  God,  that 
the  visible  church  may  ever  point  toward  the  invisible  whose  founda- 
tion and  chief  cornerstone  is  Jesus  Christ."  A  spirit  of  loyalty  is  shown 
in  the  various  organizations  within  the  church — officers,  Sunday  School, 
Women  of  the  Church,  and  Youth  Fellowship. 

The  church  lot  contains  almost  eight  acres.  The  church  membership 
is  493,  the  Sundav  School  enrollment  550.  The  cost  of  the  church  approx- 
imately $114,000.00.  We  are  humbly  grateful  for  material  and  spiritual 
growth  through  the  sixty-three  years  of  our  church's  history. 

In  the  words  of  the  old  hymn,  "Now  thank  we  all  our  God  with 
heart  and  hands  and  voices."  May  He  Who  gives  the  growth  be  our 
constant  Guide. 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled 
during  the  meeting. 

Ministers— J.  W.  Grier,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  W.  H.  Johnston,  B.  F.  Yan- 
dell,  A.  T.  Taylor,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B.  Neill,  R.  A.  Young,  C.  M. 
Boyd,  D.  K.  Snyder,  W.  T.  Smith,  J.  A.  Jones,  R.  H.  Stone,  F.  C.  Debele, 
Jr.,  C.  G.  McClure,  S.  M.  Inman,  J.  O.  Mann,  F.  C.  Pratt,  W.  M.  Walsh, 
F.  S.  Johnston,  A.  L.  Thompson,  W.  A.  Gamble,  R.  F.  Whitley,  C.  E.  S. 
Kraemer,  Warner  L.  Hall,  T.  W.  MacLean,  J.  A.  Carriker,  H.  S.  Rob- 
inson, S.  M.  Hutchison,  C.  H.  Rowan,  R.  C.  Long,  J.  C.  Lawrence,  H.  G. 
Bedinger,  C.  S.  Miller,  B.  F.  Moore,  Watt  M.  Cooper,  H.  V.  Carson,  H.  D. 
Hayward,  G.  Dana  Waters,  W.  J.  Huneycutt,  S.  H.  Zealy,  W.  B.  Mc- 
Swain,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  E.  B.  Cooper,  L.  I.  Stell,  M.  G. 
Lyerly.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce, 
R.  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  McLean,  J.  B.  Reaves,  G.  A.  Fletcher,  R.  G.  Laurens, 
R.  G.  Balnicky,  S.  W.  Yandle,  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  B.  F. 
Ferguson,  James  R.  Crook,  Crawford  A.  White,  J.  S.  Garner,  H.  S. 
Schum,  S.  W.  Hogue,  W.  G.  Workman,  C.  Don  Coffey,  I.  Howard  Chad- 


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wick,  Robert  Turner,  W.  S.  Boyce,  Dwight  L.  Barker,  Andrew  A.  Allen, 
Richard  V.  Colen,  M.  Bland  Dudley,  Fred  C.  Holder,  W.  F.  Mitchell, 
W.  T.  Taylor,  Vance  Baucom,  Hugh  M.  Jefferson — 80. 

Ruling  Elders — J.  N.  Auten,  Albemarle  First;  James  F.  Corley, 
Amay  James;  J.  F.  Sigmon,  Amity;  Dan  F.  Johnson,  Avondale;  O.  V. 
Horton,  Benton  Heights;  W.  J.  Knox,  Bethel;  E.  H.  Webb,  Beulah;  R.  L. 
Medlin,  Biscoe;  M.  B.  Query,  Caldwell  Memorial;  Jesse  Morris,  Camden; 
J.  N.  Herron,  Central  Steele  Creek;  Nat  G.  Speir,  Charlotte  First;  E.  B. 
Clanton,  Clanton  Memorial;  C.  C.  Austin,  Commonwealth;  W.  D.  Mc- 
lure,  Cook's  Memorial;  R.  A.  Atwell,  Cornelius;  John  M.  Little,  and 
J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr.,  Covenant;  E.  J.  Chappell,  Ellerbe;  E.  R.  Black- 
welder,  Forest  Hills;  J.  E.  McLauchlin,  Hamlet  First;  G.  W.  Alexander, 
Hopewell;  J.  Boyd  Montieth,  Huntersville;  T.  A.  Biggers,  Indian  Trail; 
B.  W.  Alexander,  Mallard  Creek;  J.  M.  McLauchlin,  Mark's  Creek;  J.  W. 
Russell,  Matthews;  W.  O.  Johnston,  McGee;  W.  M.  Lovin,  McLean  Me- 
morial; H.  W.  Hoover,  McQuay  Memorial;  R.  A.  Morrow,  Monroe  First; 
W.  M.  Berryhill,  Mulberry;  John  M.  Russell,  Newell;  W.  L.  Howie, 
North  Charlotte;  F.  A.  Wentz,  Norwood;  E.  O.  Ross,  Oakboro;  H.  H. 
Houston,  Pageland;  J.  R.  Wingate,  Paw  Creek;  J.  W.  Flowe,  Philadel- 
phia; W.  F.  Owen,  Plaza;  T.  E.  Hoover,  Pleasant  Hills;  L.  Carl  Harper, 
Providence;  C.  G.  Black,  Ramah;  G.  W.  Dry,  Ridgecrest;  Van  Lee  Shaw, 
Robinson;  H.  B.  McCoy,  Sardis;  A.  B.  Ferguson,  Seigle  Avenue;  J.  A. 
Chusman,  Selwyn  Avenue;  T.  F.  Black,  Sharon;  James  R.  Perry,  Six 
Mile  Creek;  Herman  L.  Clanton,  Steele  Creek;  Herbert  Brown,  Star; 
Al  Worth  Stinson,  Stephenson;  W.  Parks  Wilson,  Sugaw  Creek;  W.  C. 
Washam,  Sunset  Hills;  C.  L.  Elliott,  Tenth  Avenue;  J.  E.  Douglas, 
Thomasboro;  Ronzo  Dennis,  Troy;  J.  C.  Richardson,  Turner;  C.  A. 
Bland,  Wadesboro;  Sinclair  M.  Cathey,  West  Avenue;  C.  G.  Sellars,  West- 
minster, F.  R.  McConnell,  Williams  Memorial — 63. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  were 
introduced. 

The  following  Ministers  were  introduced  to  Presbytery 
and  were  invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren:  Rev.  Hugh  M. 
Jefferson,  Rev.  Henry  E.  Pressley,  Rev.  Albert  L.  Potter,  and 
Rev.  W.  S.  Patterson. 

The  Stated  Clerk  announced  that  a  quorum  was  present. 

Moderator  Elected — The  Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall,  Moderator 
Nominee  was  elected  Moderator. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Arrangements — ^The  following 
Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements  was  read  and 
adopted. 

The  Committee  on  Arrangements  recommends  that  the 
Presbytery  follow  the  printed  Docket  with  the  following  mod- 
ifications : 


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1.  That  the  Committee  on  Annuities  and  ReKef  be  granted 
twenty  minutes  just  before  lunch  to  present  the  Insurance 
plan. 

2.  That  the  Presbytery  recess  for  lunch  at  1  P.M.  and 
reconvene  at  2  P.M. 

3.  That  Presbytery  adjourn  at  will. 

R.  W.  Rayburn,  Chairman 
J.  B.  Kuykendall 
.4  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr. 

THE  DOCKET 

1.  Opening  Exercises — Sermon  by  the  Retiring  Moderator — Rev.  Rob- 

ert Turner  to  preach  for  the  Moderator,  Mr.  J.  B.  Kuykendall. 

2.  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper. 

3.  Memorials — Rev.  C.  H.  Little  by  Rev.  J.  W.  Grier. 

4.  History  of  the  Cook's  Memorial   Church — Rev.   R.  W.   Rayburn. 

5.  Enrollment — Members  of  the  Presbytery;  Visiting  Brethren;  Intro- 

duction of  Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time. 

6.  Election  of  Moderator — Rev.  W.  L.  Hall,  Nominee. 

7.  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements — Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn. 

8.  Appointment  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations.  ^ 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Assembly's  Minutes. 

9.  Communications. 

10.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

11.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

12.  Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 

13.  Reports  of  Executive  and  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Presbytery's  Council — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce. 

2.  Ministerial  Education — Rev.   G.   Dana  Waters. 

3.  Nominations — Rev.   C.   E.    S.   Kraemer. 

4.  Homes — Rev.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit. 

5.  Sub-Committee  on  Religious  Education — Mr.  J.  B.  Kuykendall. 

14.  Reports  of  Standing  Committees.    (See  8  above.) 

15.  Unfinished  Business. 


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16.  New  Business. 

17.  Place  of  Next  Meeting. 

18.  Nomination  of  Moderator.   (First  Order  after  Lunch.) 

19.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

20.  Adjournment. 

Communications — The  following  Communications  were 
read  and  disposed  of  as  indicated. 

1.  From  the  Assembly's  Youth  Council  a  statement  of  conviction 
concerning  Church  Union.  This  was  received  as  information. 

2.  From  the  Synod  of  North  Carolina  a  resolution  on  the  Church 
and  segregation.  This  was  received  as  information. 

3.  From  the  Synod  of  Kentucky,  a  statement  concerning  Church 
Union.  This  was  received  as  information. 

4.  From  Rev.  William  E.  Phifer,  Jr.,  outlining  plans  for  an  inter- 
church  pulpit  exchange.  This  was  received  as  information. 

5.  From  the  following  Ministers  requesting  excuse  from  attendance 
on  this  meeting  of  Presbytery:  Rev.  James  A.  Jones,  Rev.  Watt  M. 
Cooper,  Rev.  Clifford  D.  Caldwell,  Rev.  R.  F.  Boyd,  Rev.  J.  G.  Kirck- 
hoff.  Rev.  Jonas  Barclay,  Rev.  Olin  M.  Whitener.  These  requests  were 
granted. 

6.  From  Rev,  Samuel  D.  Malony  advising  the  Presbytery  of  his 
availability  for  supply  preaching  while  he  is  teaching  at  Davidson  Col- 
lege.  This  was  received  as  information. 

Special  Prayer — The  Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson  led  the 
Presbytery  in  a  special  prayer  for  the  sick,  remembering 
especially,  Rev.  J.  G.  Kirckhoff  and  Rev.  Jonas  Barclay. 

Ruling    Concerning    Ruling    Elder    Representatives — The 

Presbytery  voted  to  require  all  churches  whose  Sessions  are 
not  represented  at  Presbytery  to  give  reasons  for  such  fail- 
ure. This  applies  to  every  meeting  of  the  Presbytery. 

Appointment  of  Standing  Committees — The  Moderator 
appointed  the  following  Standing  Committees: 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures — Mr.  J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Chairman,  Rev.  Henry 
S.  Robinson,  Mr.  E.  B.  Clanton. 

2.  Installations — Rev.  S.  W.  Hogue,  chairman.  Rev.  J.  E.  Wayland, 
Jr.,  Mr.  C.  C.  Austin. 

3.  Judicial  Business — Rev.  I.  Howard  Chadwick,  Chairman,  Rev. 
J.  S.  Garner,  and  Mr.  J.  W.  Russell. 

4.  Resolutions — Mr.  Nat  G.  Speirs,  Chairman,  Rev.  James  R.  Crook, 
Mr.  J.  M.  Little. 

5.  Assembly's  Minutes — Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Chairman,  Rev.  A.  A.  Allen, 
Mr.  C.  G.  Sellers. 


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Request  of  Stated  Clerk — The  Presbytery  requested  that 
the  Stated  Clerk  send  copies  of  the  Memorial  to  Rev.  C.  H. 
Little  to  the  members  of  the  family  and  all  churches  served 
by  him. 

Report  of  Commissions — The  following  Commissions  ap- 
pointed by  Presbytery  made  their  reports  which  were  ad- 
mitted to  record. 

1.  To  install  Rev.  W.  F.  Mitchell. 

The  Commission  of  the  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  install  Rev.  Wil- 
liam F.  Mitchell  as  pastor  of  the  Sunset  Hills  Presbyterian  Church, 
Charlotte,  N.  C,  met  at  the  Sunset  Hills  Church  at  7:45,  Sunday,  July 
25.  All  of  the  members  of  the  Commission  were  present.  Ministers: 
W.  M.  Boyce,  Chairman,  C.  M.  Boyd,  and  Russell  M.  Kerr.  Elders:  R.  A. 
Grier  and  W.  E.  Price.  The  meeting:  was  called  to  order  and  opened  with 
prayer.  On  motion  of  W.  E.  Price,  Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr  was  elected 
Secretary. 

Final  arrangements  for  the  service  being  completed,  the  Commission 
moved  into  the  sanctuary  for  the  installation  service.  According  to  the 
appointment  of  the  Presbytery,  Dr.  Boyce  presided  and  propounded  the 
constitutional  questions  to  the  pastor  and  the  congregation.  Russell  M. 
Kerr  preached  the  sermon  on  **I  Believe  in  the  Church.  Matt.  16:18, 
Col.  1:18."  Dr.  Boyd  delivered  the  charge  to  the  pastor,  and  the  charge 
to  the  congregation  was  made  by  Mr.  Grier.  The  installation  prayer  was 
offered  by  W.  E.  Price,  after  which  Mr.  Mitchell  was  declared  installed 
as  pastor  of  the  Sunset  Hills  Presbyterian  Church. 

The  Commission  continued  its  meeting  after  the  service.  The  min- 
utes were  read  and  approved,  and  the  meeting  was  closed  with  prayer 
by  the  Chairman. 

W.  M.  Boyce,  Chairman 
Russell    M.    Kerr,    Secretary 

2.  To  install  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner. 

The  Woodlawn  School, 
September  12,  1954. 
The  Commission  appointed  to  install  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  pastor  of  the 
Forest  Hill  Presbyterian  Church  met  at  7:30  P.M.  in  the  temporary 
manse  at  1825  Providence  Road  and  was  constituted  with  prayer.  Those 
present  were:  Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long,  Chairman,  Rev.  James  A.  Jones, 
Mr.  J.  B.  Kuykendall  and  Rev.  R.  H,  Stone,  who  was  elected  secretary. 

At  8  P.M.  the  Commission  united  with  the  Forest  Hill  congregation 
in  a  service  of  worship  in  which  Dr.  R.  C.  Long  presided;  Dr.  James  A. 
Jones  preached  the  sermon  on  "The  People  of  God."  The  Chairman  asked 
the  constitutional  questions,  the  charge  to  the  congregation  was  given 
by  Mr.  Kuykendall,  and  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  charged  the  pastor.  These 
required  parts  having  been  done  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  was  declared  regu- 
larly called  and  installed  pastor  of  the  Forest  Hill  Presbyterian  Church. 


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The  installation  prayer  was  led  by  Dr.  Long.  The  benediction  was  pro- 
nounced by  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner. 

The  Commission  met  and  approved  its  minutes  and  was  adjourned 
with  prayer. 

Roswell   C.   Long,   Chairman 
R.    H.    Stone,    Secretary 

3.  To  ordain  and  install  Mr.  Vance  Baucom. 

The  Commission  appointed  to  ordain  and  install  Mr.  Vance  Baucom 
pastor  of  the  W.  H.  Belk  Presbyterian  Church  met  in  the  church  office 
at  7:25  on  July  25,  1954.  Those  present  were  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Chair- 
man, Rev.  W.  S.  Boyce,  Rev.  Bland  Dudley  and  Elder  J.  B.  Kuykendall, 
moderator  of  the  Presbytery.  The  meeting  was  constituted  with  prayer. 
Rev.  Bland  Dudley  was  elected  clerk. 

After  the  organization  the  Commission  entered  the  sanctuary  and 
united  with  the  congregation  in  a  service  of  worship  in  which  Rev. 
Bland  Dudley  preached  from  the  passage  Luke  9:57-62.  The  constitu- 
tional questions  were  asked  by  the  chairman.  There  followed  the  ordi- 
nation service  with  the  laying  on  of  hands  and  the  ordination  prayer 
whereupon  the  announcement  was  made  that  Rev.  Vance  Baucom  was 
regularly  elected,  ordained  and  installed  pastor  of  the  W.  H.  Belk  Pres- 
byterian Church. 

Rev.  W.  S.  Boyce  gave  the  charge  to  the  pastor  and  Mr.  J.  B.  Kuy- 
kendall gave  the  charge  to  the  congregation.  Following  the  benediction, 
pronounced  by  the  pastor,  the  Commission  approved  its  minutes  and 
was  adjourned  with  prayer. 

R.    H.    Stone,    Chairman 
Bland    Dudley,    Clerk 

4.  To  ordain  and  install  Mr.  Clifford  D.  Caldwell. 

The  Commission  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  appointed  to  ordain  and 
install  Mr.  Clifford  Douglas  Caldwell  as  Pastor  of  Saint  Andrews  Pres- 
byterian Church,  Charlotte,  North  Carolina,  met  at  the  church  at  7  P.M., 
Sunday,  August  1,  1954.  All  members  of  the  Commission  were  present: 
Ministers:  G.  Dana  Waters,  G.  A.  Fletcher,  S.  W.  Yandle;  Elder  James 
Williams.  The  Commission  was  opened  with  prayer  by  Rev.  G.  A. 
Fletcher,  after  being  called  to  order  by  the  Chairman,  G.  Dana  Waters. 
S.  W.  Yandle  was  elected  secretary.  Invited  to  sit  with  the  Commission 
as  a  visiting  minister  was  Rev.  Thomas  A.  Fry,  D.D.,  of  Bristol,  Tenn. 
The  following  were  invited  to  take  part  with  the  Commission  in  the 
laying  on  of  the  hands  of  Presbytery:  Rev.  H.  F.  Peterson,  Jr.,  of  Co- 
lumbia, S.  C;  Elder  J.  A.  Caldwell,  of  Blountsville,  Tenn.,  father  of  the 
candidate;  and  the  Elders  of  the  Saint  Andrews  Presbyterian  Church. 

The  Commission  then  joined  with  the  Congregation  in  the  worship 
service.  The  Rev.  Thomas  A.  Fry  preached  from  the  text:  "If  any  man 
be  in  Christ,  he  is  a  new  creature."  II  Cor.  5:17.  The  Rev.  G.  Dana  Wa- 
ters propounded  the  constitutional  questions  to  the  pastor-elect  and  the 
congregation,  and  led  in  the  prayer  of  ordination,  following  which  he 
declared  Clifford  D.  Caldwell  as  the  new  pastor,  duly  ordained  and  in- 
stalled. The  charge  to  the  Pastor  was  given  by  the  Rev.  G.  A.  Fletcher 
and  Elder  James  Williams  charged  the  congregation.  A  prayer  of  con- 


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secration  was  led  by  Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle.  The  benediction  was  pronounced 
by  the  new  pastor,  after  which  he  was  welcomed  by  the  members  of 
the  congregation  and  friends. 

The  Commission  then  re-assembled,  reviewed  and  adopted  the  min- 
utes, and  was  adjourned  with  prayer  led  by  Elder  James  Williams. 

Stewart  W.  Yandle,  Secretary 


Report  of  Commission  on  Minister  and   His  Work — ^The 

Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His  Work  made  its  report 
which  was  admitted  to  record. 

Since  the  last  meeting  of  Presbytery  your  Commission  has  trans- 
acted the  following  business: 

1.  Dissolved  the  relation  existing  between  the  Newell  Church  and 
the   Rev.   W.   M.  Walsh. 

2.  Placed  the  Rev.  W.  M.  Walsh  on  the  Honorably  Retired  Roll. 

3.  Authorized  a  letter  of  transfer  for  Rev.  Milos  Strupl  to  Concord 
Presbytery. 

4.  Approved  Rev.  W.  W.  Peters  for  Call  to  Hamlet  Presbyterian 
Church. 

5.  Approved  the  Call  of  Robinson  Church  for  the  services  of  Rev. 
W.  B.  Neill  for  one  year  as  temporary  supply  pastor. 

Your  Commission  recommends,  in  line  with  the  Assembly's  request, 
that  churches  of  the  Presbytery  be  urged  to  recognize  the  value  of  ex- 
perience and  to  consider  for  call  older  men  of  experience  along  with 
their  consideration  of  younger  men. 

Your  Commission  recommends  that  minimum  salaries  for  Ministers 
hereafter  called  to  Churches  in  this  Presbytery  be  as  follows:  For  sin- 
gle men  $3300.00  and  for  married  men  $3600.00  with  Manse  and  7V2 
per  cent  annuity  agreement  in  each  case. 

Minister  Received — The  Rev.  Hugh  M.  Jefferson  seeking 
membership  in  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  presented  a  certifi- 
cate of  transfer  from  Granville  Presbytery  which  was  found 
in  order.  A  letter  of  commendation  from  the  Stated  Clerk  of 
Granville  Presbytery  was  read.  The  Presbytery  proceeded  to 
examine  Mr.  Jefferson  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of 
the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The  examination  was  approved  as 
satisfactory  and  he  was  enrolled  upon  the  signing  of  the  Cov- 
enant. 

A  Call  for  the  services  of  Rev.  Hugh  M.  Jefferson  from  the 
South  Park  Church  was  placed  in  his  hands  and  accepted  by 
him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  to  install  him.  (See  Report 
of  Committee  on  Installations.) 


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Report  of  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — The  Com- 
mittee on  Ministerial  Education  made  the  following  report 
which  was  adopted. 

Mecklenburg"  Presbytery  now  has  46  men  in  preparation  for  the 
Gospel  Ministry — of  which  22  are  in  college,  19  in  seminary,  and  5 
whose  preparation  has  been  interrupted  by  military  service  or  other 
circumstance.  In  spite  of  this  seemingly  large  number  of  candidates, 
we  would  remind  Presbytery  again  of  the  continual  need  for  challenging 
young  men  and  women  to  answer  the  call  to  full-time  Christian  service. 

Mr.  Billy  Shaw  Howell,  Jr.,  a  member  of  the  First  Presbyterian 
Church  of  Charlotte  and  a  student  in  the  Senior  class  at  the  University 
of  North  Carolina,  is  asking  to  be  received  as  a  candidate  for  the  Gos- 
pel Ministry.  Mr.  Howell  has  met  with  your  committee  and  we  are  well 
satisfied  with  his  references  and  testimonials  as  well  as  with  his  per- 
sonal, vocational  and   spiritual  qualifications. 

We  recommend  that  Mr.  Howell  be  received  as  a  candidate  for  the 
ministry  pending  Presbytery's  approval  of  his  examination  on  experi- 
mental religion  and  his  motives  for  seeking  the  Gospel  ministry. 

G.  Dana  Waters,  Chairman 

for  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education 

Candidate  Received — The  Committee  on  Ministerial  Edu- 
cation presented  Mr.  Billy  Shaw  Howell,  Jr.,  a  member  of 
the  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C.  to  be  received 
under  the  care  of  the  Presbytery  as  a  candidate  for  the  Gos- 
pel ministry.  Being  satisfied  with  the  recommendations  of 
the  Committee  the  Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine  the  Can- 
didate in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of 
Church  Ordr.  The  examination  was  approved  as  satisfactory. 
Mr.  Howell  was  received  as  a  candidate  for  the  Gospel  Minis- 
try under  the  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery.  The  Rev. 
Charles  E.  S.  Kraemer  gave  the  charge  to  the  candidate  and 
Ruling  Elder  Nat  G.  Speir  led  the  prayer  of  dedication. 

Report  of  Presbytery's  Council — The  report  of  Presby- 
tery's Council  was  read  and  adopted.  The  report  is  as  follows. 


REPORT  OF  PRESBYTERY'S   COUNCIL 

The  Council  met  on  Sept.  10  at  11:00  in  Presbytery's  Office. 

Mr.  J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Chairman  of  the  Committee  on  Religious  Edu- 
cation, presented  the  follov^ing  requests:  that  operational  funds  for 
Camp  Stewart  be  increased  from  $400  to  $500  per  month;  that  $3,000 
per  year  be  placed  in  the  budget  for  replacement  of  cabins  at  Camp 
Stewart;  that  the  Committee  on  Religious  Education  be  granted  per- 
mission to  solicit  funds  in  the  Presbytery  over  and  above  this  amount 


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for  urgently  needed  repairs  and  replacement.  The  monthly  operational 
payments  come  out  of  our  Presbytery  Expense  Fund.  The  Council  rec- 
ommends these  requests  to  Presbytery. 

The  Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief  was  granted  ten  minutes 
on  the  docket. 

The  attention  of  Presbytery  is  called  to  the  increasing  arrearages 
in  Presbytery's  Expense  Fund.  The  Council  requests  that  Presbytery 
direct  the  Council  to  write  each  church  in  arrears  in  the  Presbyterial 
Expense  Fund  reminding  it  of  its  obligation  to  pay. 

The  Council  recommends  that  the  chairman  of  the  Stewardship 
Committee,  the  Clerk  of  Presbytery  and  the  Executive  Secretary  form 
a  committee  to  make  a  study  of  churches  which  are  not  paying  their 
benevolent  budget  and  report  their  findings  to  the  Council. 

The  Council  asks  Presbytery  to  urge  each  church  to  observe  Youth 
Sunday  as  requested  by  the  General  Assembly  and  that  the  special  offer- 
ing taken  be  forwarded  to  our  central  treasurer  or  an  amount  put  in  the 
budget  and  specified  as  an  over  and  above  gift  to  our  youth  work. 

The    Stewardship    Committee   report   is   as   follows: 

STEWARDSHIP   REPORT 
MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY  ^ 

SEPT.  14,  1954 

For  the  nine  months  of  the  Church  Year  April-December,  1953,  the 
churches  of  the  Presbytery  contributed  to  all  benevolent  causes  the 
following  amounts: 

Assembly  Causes    $155,435 

Synod  Causes    169,901 

Presbytery    Causes     67,173 

Cong.    Missions     52,341 

Negro  Work  Campaign    38,685 

Total  All  Causes    $499,130 

Deducting  the  special  item  for  the  Negro  Work  Campaign,  the  total 
given  to  all  regular  causes  is  $460,445  for  the  nine  months.  Extending 
this  to  twelve  months  would  have  resulted  in  a  total  of  $575,556  or 
$47,658  less  than  the  amount  contributed  in  the  last  full  church  year. 

1.  We  recommend  to  the  Presbytery  tht  acceptance  of  the  full  ask- 
ings for  the  Assembly  and  Synod  Causes  as  sent  down  to  us  by  the 
Synod.  The  amounts   are   as  follows: 

For  Assembly  Causes   $258,252 

For  Synod  Causes    148,252 

Total    $406,504 

For  Presbytery: 

Church    Extension    90,000 

Christian    Education    4,800 

Special  Replacement  Fund  for   Camp   Stewart       3,000 

Total  for  All  Causes   $504,304 


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2.  We  recommend  that  the  contributions  from  the  churches  be  ap- 
plied to  the  totals  accepted  by  Presbytery  for  the  various  benevolent 
causes  according  to  the  following  percentages: 

FOR  ASSEMBLY  CAUSES:               Per  Cent  Amount 

Inter    Church    Agencies 2%  $        820 

World    Missions    25.1  126,553 

Church    Extension    11.5  58,087 

Christian    Education    4.4  22,206 

Annuities  and  Relief   3.6  18,332 

General   Fund    6.4  32,254 

Total  Assembly's  Agencies    51.2%  $258,252         $258,252 

FOR  SYNOD  CAUSES: 

Synod  Church   Extension    4.3  21,780 

Presbyterian    Home     9  4,601 

Presbyterian   Orphans   Home    .  .      4.6  23,001 

Religious    Education    2.1  10,696 

Ch.   Campus   Life    1.5  7,673 

Educational    Institutions     15.8  79,734 

Inter  Church  Agencies 2  767 

Total  Synod  Causes    29.4%  $148,252         $148,252 

FOR  PRESBYTERY  CAUSES: 

Pres.  Church  Extension    17.8  90,000 

Pres.  Religious  Education   1.6  7,800  97,800 

19.4%   100%  $  97,800         $504,304 

3.  We  recommend  that  the  budget  be  apportioned  to  the  church  ac- 
cording to  the  formula  adopted  by  the  General  Assembly  (Minutes 
1954,  Page  89,  and  by  the  Synod  (Report  of  Synod's  Council  to  the 
1954  Meeting  of  Synod)   as  follows: 

One-third  (1/3)  apportioned  on  the  basis  of  membership;  one- 
third  (1/3)  on  contributions  to  Assembly,  Synod  and  Presbytery 
Causes  for  the  last  three  years;  and  one-third  (1/3)  for  total 
contributions,  less  building  expense,  for  the  last  three  years. 
See  attached  schedule. 

We,  also,  recommend  that  this  be  adopted  as  the  formula  for  figuring 
benevolent  apportionments  in  the  future. 

While  the  approval  of  the  above  recommendation  will  result  in  radi- 
cal changes  in  the  benevolent  apportionments  in  many  cases,  and  while 
we  realize  that  some  churches  may  have  difficulty  in  attaining  this  goal 
at  this  time,  we  urge  the  churches  to  study  these  apportionments  care- 
fully and  assume  as  large  a  share  as  possible.  We  also  request  the 
churches  to  notify  the  council  through  the  Presbytery's  Office  of  the 
share  assumed. 


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4.  That  Presbytery  approve  a  per  capita  tax  of  $1.00  for  the  year 
1955  to  cover  the  expense  of  Presbytery's  Office,  maintenance  and  up- 
keep of  Camp  Stewart,  and  the  Office  of  the  Stated  Clerk  of  Presby- 
tery, including  the  assessments  of  Assembly  and  Synod. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

Samuel  M.  Inman, 

Chairman,    Sub-Committee   on    Stewardship. 


APPORTIONMENT  OF  PRESBYTERY'S  BUDGET  TO  THE 

CHURCHES  FOR  THE  CHURCH  YEAR  1955 

(By  The  New  Formula) 

Membership  Benevolences  Total  Expenses  Total 

Pet.  of  Pet.  of  Pet.  of  1955 

Church               Total  Amt.  Total  Amt.  Total  Amt.  Apport. 

Alber.  1st    ...    1.40  $  2353  1.19  $  2000  1.24  $  2084  $  6437 

Alber.   2nd    ..      .89  1493  .17  286  .60  1009  2791 

Alten    31  521  .06  101  .16  269  891 

Amay  James.      .25  420  .03  50  .07  118  588 

Amity     90  1513  .24  403  .72  1210  3126 

Avondale     ...    1.40  2353  .57  958  1.21  2034  5345 

Badin     83  1395  .27  454  .52  874  2723 

Banks     15  252  .07  118  .14  235  605 

Benton  Hts.    .      .60  1008  .11  185  .38  639  1832 

Bethany     10  168  .01  17  .03  50  235 

Bethel    60  1008  .16  269  .26  437  1714 

Bethlehem     ..      .43  723  .12  202  .27  454  1379 

Beulah 28  471  .03  50  .08  134  655 

Biscoe     55  925  .28  471  .38  639  2035 

Brainard 12  202  .02  34  .12  202  438 

Caldwell  Mem.  3.75  6304  7.78  13078  5.36  9010  28392 

Camden 37  622  .07  118  .17  286  1026 

Cameronian     .      .37  622  .07  118  .18  303  1043 

Camp     Greene     .53  891  .17  286  .52  874  2051 

Candor     39  656  .09  151  .27  454  1261 

Cent.     St.     Cr.     .73  1227'        .27  454  .46  773  2454 

Char.    1st.     .  .   4.00  2624  10.29  17297  8.75  14708  38729 

Clanton    Mem.     .65  1093  .09  151  .39  656  1900 

Commonwealth    .82  1378  1.66  2790  1.76  2959  7127 

Community   ..      .01  18  .01  17  .03  50  85 

Cooks  Mem.    .    1.57  2639  .89  1496  .90  1512  5647 

Cornelius 33  555  .03  50  .14  235  840 

Covenant   8.50  14289  12.42  20878  11.06  18592  53759 

Eastminister  .      .41  689  .04  67  .25  420  1176 

Ellerbe     56  941  .12  201  .35  588  1730 

Forest  Hills   .  900 

Hamlet     1.70  2858  .72  1210  .95  1597  5665 

Hawley    Mem.     .03  51  .01  17  .01  17  85 

Hopewell    ....    1.35  2269  .80  1345  .86  1446  5060 

Huntersville    .    1.55  2606  .90  1513  .89  1496  5615 


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APPORTIONMENT  OF  PRESBYTERY'S   BUDGET   TO   THE 

CHURCHES  FOR  THE  CHURCH  YEAR  1955— (Continued) 

Membership  Benevolences  Total  Expenses  Total 

Pet.  of  Pet.  of  Pet.  of  1955 

Church      Total  Amt.  Total   Amt.  Total  Amt.  Apport. 

Indian  Hill  .  .  .26  437  .02  34  .05  84  555 

Indian  Trail  .   .47  790  .09  151  .20  336  1277 

East  Monroe  .   .26  437  .05  84  .13  217  738 

Locust 50  841  .10  168  .20  336  1345 

Macedonia  ...   .43  723  .11  185  .22  370  1278 

Mallard  Creek  1.16  1849  .65  1093  .76  1278  4220 

Marks  Creek  .   .62  1042  .16  269  .24  403  1714 

Marshville  ..   .45  756  .16  269  .34  572  1597 

Marston 17  286  .06  101  .09  151  538 

Matthews  ...   .54  908  .18  303  .45  756  1967 

McGee 45  757  .15  252  .39  656  1665 

McLean  Mem.  .24  403  .03  50  .08  134  587 

McQuay  Mem.  .36  605  .07  118  .25  420  1143 

Monroe  1st  .  .  1.93  3244  1.62  2723  1.60  2690  8657 

*MorganMem.  .08  135  135 

Morris  Field  .   .14  235  .14  235  .24  403  873 

Morven  21  353  .14  235  .20  336  924 

Mt.  Carmel  ..   .29  487  .04  67  .08  134  688 

Mt.  Gilead  ...   .50  975  .24  403  .41  689  2067 

Mulberry 1.23  2084  1.21  2034  1.21  2034  6152 

Myers  Park  ..  7.02  11851  29.05  48834  17.79  29905  90590 

Nevin 1.15  1933  .14  235  .64  1076  3244 

New  Salem  .  .   .12  202  .04  67  .06  101  370 

Newell 51  857  .08  134  .45  756  1747 

Norman  20  336  .04  67  .07  118  521 

N.  Charlotte  .   .60  1009  .21  353  .49  824  2186 

Norwood 58  975  .11  185  .44  740  1900 

Oakboro  09  151  .03  50  .06  101  302 

Pageland 48  807  .06  101  .25  420  1328 

Park  Ave 23  387  .03  50  .13  219  656 

Paw  Creek  ..  1.37  2302  1.29  2169  1.22  2051  6522 

Pee  Dee 16  269  .05  84  .07  118  471 

Philadelphia  .  1.65  2774  .80  1345  1.22  2051  6170 

Pineville 48  807  .27  454  .42  706  1967 

Plaza  3.05  5127  1.39  2337  2.07  3480  10944 

Pleasant  Hill  .40  672  .21  353  .26  437  1462 

Providence  ..   .71  1193  .55  925  .77  1294  3412 

Ramah 52  874  .19  319  .28  471  1664 

Rehobeth 08  134  .02  34  .02  34  202 

Ridgecrest  .  .   .25  420  .04  67  .08  134  621 

Robinson 57  958  .21  353  .40  672  1983 

Rockingham  .  1.30  2185  .58  975  .93  1563  4723 

Rourk  38  639  .12  202  .17  286  1127 


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APPORTIONMENT  OF  PRESBYTERY'S  BUDGET  TO  THE 

CHURCHES  FOR  THE  CHURCH  YEAR  1955— (Continued) 

Membership  Benevolences  Total  Expenses  Total 

Pet.  of  Pet.  of  Pet.  of  1955 

Church      Total  Amt.  Total   Amt.  Total  Amt.  Apport. 

St.  Andrews  .   .73  1227  .46  773  .81  1362  3362 

St.  Pauls 1.10  1849  .51  857  .88  1479  4185 

Salem  26  437  .01  17  .06  101  555 

Sardis  1.45  2438  .98  1647  1.27  2135  6220 

Seigle  Ave.  . .  1.12  1883  .83  1395  .55  925  4203 

SelwynAve.  .  1.51  2538  .97  1631  2.17  3648  7817 

Sharon  1.32  2219  .62  1042  1.00  1681  4942 

Siler 24  403  .09  151  .13  219  773 

Six  Mile  Creek  .27  151  .02  34  .06  101  286 

Smallwood  .  .   .43  723  .02  34  .21  353  1110 

South  Park  .  .   .60  1007  .10  168  .31  521  1696 

Star 06  101  101  240 

Steele  Creek  .  3.05  5127  3.99  6707  2.77  4656  16490 

Stephenson  .  .   .12  204  .01  17  .05  84  305 

Sugaw  Creek  2.85  4791  2.43  4085  2.03  3412  12288 

Sunset  Hills  .   .71  1193  .39  656  .68  1143  2992 

Tenth  Ave.  . .  1.57  2639  1.22  2051  1.48  2488  7178 

Thomasboro  .  1.86  3127  .78  1311  1.42  2387  6825 

Trinity 1.35  2269  3.45  5800  2.57  4320  12389 

Troy 37  622  .27  454  .44  740  1816 

Turner 23  387  .04  67  .11  185  639 

Unionville  ...   .10  168  .02  34  .03  50  252 

Wadesboro  ..   .71  1194  .26  437  .34  572  2203 

Walkersville  .   .41  689  .05  84  .23  387  1160 

Waxhaw 39  656  .14  235  .31  521  1412 

West  Ave.  .  .  .  1.85  3109  1.17  1967  1.61  2706  7782 

Westminster  .  1.50  2521  .25  420  .86  1446  4387 

Westover  Hills  2.06  3463  .30  504  .64  1076  5043 

Williams  Mem.  1.22  2051  .68  1143  1.06  1782  4976 

Wilmore  1.98  3328  .28  471  .94  1580  5379 

Belk ,  600 

Forest  Hills   .  600 


=No  figures  on  giving  reported. 


Sub-Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief — The  Sub-Com- 
mittee on  Annuities  and  Relief  presented  Mr.  V.  F.  Cooper  of 
Atlanta,  Ga.  who  spoke  to  the  Presbytery  on  the  new  In- 
surance and  Hospitalization  features  offered  to  the  Churches. 

Recess — The  Presbytery  recessed  for  lunch  at  1  P.M.  after 
being  led  in  prayer  by  the  Rev.  L.  I.  Stell. 


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AFTERNOON  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  at  2  P.M.  and  was  led  in  prayer  by 
Ruling  Elder  W.  E.  Price. 

Moderator  Nominated — The  Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr  was 
elected  Moderator  Nominee  for  the  next  meeting  of  Presby- 
tery. 

Report  of  Commissions  to  General  Assembly — The  follow- 
ing Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly  made  their  reports 
to  the  Presbytery  and  were  commended  for  their  diligence. 
Rev.  James  A.  Jones,  Rev.  F.  C.  Pratt,  Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer, 
and  Mr.  W.  E.  Price. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Nominations — ^The  Committee  on 
Nominations  made  its  report  which  was  adopted. 

Officers  of  the  Presbytery 

Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  Permanent  Clerk,  1957. 
Trustees : 

Davidson— Class  of  1956— Mr.   George   S.   Crouch,   Mr.   H.   W.   Moore, 
Rev.  W.  L.  Hall. 

Presbytery— Mr.  Thomas  C.  Ruff,  Charlotte,  1957. 

Commissions: 

1.    The  Minister  and  His  Work 

Class  of   1957 — Rev.   F.   S.  Johnston,   Rev.  J.   C.   Lawrence,   R.   L. 
Puckett. 

Committees: 

Assembly's  Work — Chairman,  A.  L.  Thompson. 

Sub-Committee   on  World   Missions — 1955,   Rev.    E.    B.    Cooper;    1956, 
Rev.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.;  1957,  J.  W.  McLaney,  Chairman. 

Sub-Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief — 1957 — Gregory  Sutcliff. 
Sub-Committee  on  Woman's  Work — 1957 — Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison. 
Sub-Committee    on    Assembly's     Special    Causes — 1957 — Rev.     A.     L. 
Thompson. 

Church  Extension: 

Sub-Committee  on  Christian  Relations — 1957 — Legette   Blythe. 

Sub-Committee   on  Evangelism — 1957 — McAlister   Carson,   Rev.    S.   H. 
Zealy. 

Sub-Committee  on  Radio — 1957 — Rev.  Thomas  W.  McLean. 
Sub-Committee  on  Home  Missions — 1957 — Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Irwin 
Belk,  Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence. 


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Education: 

Sub-Committee  on  Educational  Institutions — 1957 — Rev.  Roy  F.  Whit- 
ley, Chairman;  Mr.  W.  H.  Earnhardt. 

Sub-Committee  on  Christian  Campus  Life — 1957 — Mr.  Frank  Orr. 
Sub-Committee  on  Religious  Education — 1957 — Rev.  James  R.  Crook, 
Chairman,  Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Dr.  John  Lafferty. 

Presbytery's  Council: 

1957— Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson,  Rev.  James  R.  Crook,  Mr.  C.  M.  Hassell. 

Ministerial  Education: 

1957— Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Rev.  H.  S.  Schum,  Mr.  H.  C.  McAlister. 

Homes: 

1957— Rev.  C.  Don  Coffey,  Rev.  Crawford  A.  White,  Mr.  J.  B.  Watt. 

Election  of  Members  to  Committee  on  Nominations — The 

Presbytery  elected  the  following  members  to  the  class  of  1957 
on  the  Committee  on  Nominations:  Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Rev. 
Russell  M.  Kerr  and  Mr.  Angus  R.  Shaw. 

Manual  Change — Presbytery  voted  on  first  ballot  to  change 
the  Manual  so  that  the  Sub-Committee  on  Religious  Education 
be  made  the  Committee  on  Christian  Education.  The  second 
vote  on  the  change  was  docketed  for  the  next  meeting  of  Pres- 
bytery. 

Visiting  Brother — Rev.  Milton  Faust,  Synod's  Director  of 
Evangelism  was  introduced  to  the  Presbytery  and  invited  to 
sit  as  a  visiting  brother. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Homes — A  verbal  report  of  the 
Committee  on  Homes  was  received  as  information. 

President  of  Queens  College — Dr.  E.  R.  Walker,  President 
of  Queens  College  was  introduced  to  Presbytery  and  spoke 
briefly  of  his  work. 

Report  of  Comittee  on  Installations — The  Committee  on 
Installations  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted. 

1.  That  the  Commission  to  install  the  Rev.  Hugh  M.  Jefferson  as 
pastor  of  South  Park  Church  be  composed  as  follov^s: 

Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman,  Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  to  charge  the  pastor, 
Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore,  to  charge  the  congregation.  Rev.  Thomas  MacLean 
<-o  preach  the  sermon.  Elder,  Mr.  Dewey  Klutz,  South  Park  Presbyterian 
Church. 

2.  That  the  alternates  be: 

Rev.  J.  S.  Garner,  minister,  Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier,  Elder,  Steele  Creek 
Church. 


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3.    That  the  time  and  date  of  the  installation  be  at  7:30  o'clock,  Sun 
day  evening,  October  3,  1954. 

S.  W.  Hogue,  Jr.,  Chairma?! 

Report  of  Committee  on  Resolutions — The  Committee  on 
Resolutions  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted. 

Be  it  resolved  that  the  206th  Stated  Session  of  Mecklenburg  Presby- 
tery expresses  its  grateful  appreciation 

To  the  minister  and  officers  of  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church 
for  their  courtesy  and  hospitality  in  placing  at  our  disposal  the  facili- 
ties of  their  beautiful  newly  completed  structure. 

To  Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn  for  his  helpfulness  throughout  the  day. 

To  the  ladies  of  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church  for  the  deli- 
cious and  satisfying  meal  served  to  us. 

To  Mrs.  George  L.  Cook  for  the  most  interesting  and  informative 
history  of  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church. 

We  rejoice  with  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church  in  the  evi- 
dent blessing  of  God  in  its  work  for  His  Kingdom  and  wish  for  them 
continued  progress  in  His  name. 

Be  it  further  resolved  that  this  resolution  be  read  to  the  congrega- 
tion of  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church  next  Sunday  morning. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

Nat  G.  Speir, 

Committee    on    Resolutions. 

Forward  With  Christ  Committee  Appointed — The  Moder- 
ator appointed  the  following  Committee  to  promote  the  "For- 
ward with  Christ"  program  in  the  Presbytery:  Rev.  L.  I. 
Stell,  chairman,  Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  Rev. 
J.  R.  Crook,  Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone. 

Committee  to  Study  Matter  of  Segregation  Appointed — 

The  following  Committee  to  study  the  matter  of  segregation 
was  named  by  the  Moderator:  Rev.  J.  A.  Jones,  Rev.  W.  M. 
Boyce,  Jr.,  Rev.  A.  A.  Allen,  Dr.  Hamilton  W.  McKay,  Rev. 
M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  Mr.  Phillip  F.  Howerton,  Rev.  H.  G.  Bed- 
inger. 

Vote  on  Amendments  to  Book  of  Church  Order  Docketed 

— The  vote  on  the  Amendments  to  the  Book  of  Church  Order 
was  docketed  for  the  April  meeting  of  Presbytery. 

Ad  Interim  Committee  Report — The  Ad  Interim  Committee 
appointed  by  Presbytery  to  study  the  matter  of  the  method 


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of  the  election  of  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly 
made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted. 

Your  committee  recommends: 

1.  That  the  nominating  committee,  nominate  from  among  the  active 
ministers  of  Presbytery,  those  ministers  who  are  to  be  elected  as  com- 
missioners, rotating  the  men  on  the  basis  of  seniority  of  membership  in 
Presbytery;  except  in  such  cases  where  the  nominating  committee  shall 
deem  it  wise  to  depart  from  this  plan.  This  shall  not  be  understood  to 
preclude  nominations  from  the  floor. 

2.  The  nominating  committee  shall  present  the  names  of  elders  to 
be  commissioners  to  the  Assembly  after  consulting  the  sessions  of 
churches  to  secure  suggestions  of  names;  giving  care  to  protect  the  in- 
terests of  the  smaller  churches  and  assuring  equitable  representations 
from  all  churches.  Suggestions  for  names  may  be  sent  to  the  Executive 
Secretary's  office.  This  shall  not  be  understood  to  preclude  nominations 
from  the  floor. 

McAlister  Carson 

J.  Cecil  Lawrence 

W.  E.  Price 

Sam  H.  Zealy 

Roswell    Long,    Chairman 

Report  of  Committee  on  Minutes  of  General  Assembly — 

The  Committee  on  Assembly's  Minutes  made  the  following 
report  which  was  adopted: 

Your  Committee  notes  several  matters  of  interest  to  our  Presbytery 
and  its  Committees,  such  as  the  new  paragraphs  on  Testing  of  Candi- 
dates for  the  Ministry  and  the  proposed  Communicant  classes  for  adults. 

The  Plan  of  Union  was  referred  to  the  Presbyteries  and  has  been 
docketed  for  the  January  meeting  of  this  Presbytery. 

Five  proposed  amendments  to  the  Book  of  Church  Order  were  sent 
to  the  Presbyteries  and  should  be  voted  upon  at  this  meeting  or  dock- 
eted for  later  consideration. 

The  adopted  report  of  the  Division  of  Christian  Relations  especially 
on  Segregation  and  on  Communism  should  be  carefully  studied  by  the 
Session  of  each  Church,  We  recommend  that  the  report  on  Segregation 
be  referred  to  a  special  Committee  to  be  appointed  at  this  time.  This 
Committee  should  study  the  report  as  it  affects  our  Presbytery  and  its 
Conferences  and  Institutions  and  make  a  report  at  a  time  and  date  to 
be  determined  by  Presbytery's  Council. 

Resolution  Adopted — The  following  resolution  was  read 
and  adopted. 

Be  it  resolved,  that  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  in  each  of  its  meetings, 
extend  the  privileges  of  the  floor  to  any  former  Moderators  of  this  Pres- 
bytery residing  at  that  time  within  the  bounds  of  the  Presbytery  and 
present  at  the  meeting. 


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Authorizes  Sale  of  Property — Presbytery  authorized  the 
sale  of  its  Piney  Woods  property  at  a  price  agreeable  to  the 
Sub-Comittee  on  Home  Missions. 

Next  Meeting — The  place  of  the  next  meeting  was  left 
in  the  hands  of  Presbytery's  Council. 

Invitations  Received — The  Session  of  the  First  Church  of 
Monroe  invited  the  Presbytery  to  meet  for  the  Spring  meet- 
ing at  their  Church.  The  Session  of  the  Sugaw  Creek  Church 
invited  the  Presbytery  to  meet  for  the  Fall  meeting  at  their 
Church.  The  Presbytery  accepted  the  invitations  with  grati- 
tude. 

Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

The  Presbytery  adjourned  after  prayer  led  by  Rev.  Warner. 
L.  Hall  to  meet  at  the  Meyers  Park  Presbyterian  Church, 
Charlotte,  N.  C.  at  9  A.M.  on  January  18,  1955. 

Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall,  Moderator 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 
B.  F.  Yandell,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


50  MINUTES  OF   MECKLENBURG   PRESBYTERY 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery 
Called  Meeting 

Covenant    Presbyterian    Church 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
October  21,  1954 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery  met  in  a  Called  Session  in  the 
Covenant  Presbyterian  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C.  at  2  P.M.  on 
the  above  date. 

The  meeting  was  called  to  order  by  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall,  Mod- 
erator. Rev.  W.  S.  Boyce  led  the  Presbytery  in  prayer. 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled 
during  the  meeting. 

Ministers— R.  F.  Boyd,  Warner  L.  Hall,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  Clifford  D. 
Caldwell,  S.  M.  Inman,  R.  H.  Stone,  G.  Dana  Waters,  Vance  Baucom, 
T.  W.  MacLean,  Robert  Turner,  M.  B.  Dudley,  W.  T.  Taylor,  S.  M. 
Hutchison,  M.  G.  Lyerly,  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  R.  W.  Rayburn,  A.  Leslie 
Thompson,  Hugh  D.  Pollard,  S.  W.  Yandle,  W.  S.  Boyce,  Crawford  A. 
White,  S.  W.  Hogue,  Jr.,  C.  H.  McLean,  C.  G.  McClure,  M.  B.  Prince, 
Jr.,  R.  G.  Balnicky,  Henry  S.  Robinson,  B.  F.  Yandell— 28. 

Ruling  Elders— C.  N.  Eckerson,  Troy;  J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr.,  Cov- 
enant; Rufus  A.  Grier,  Steele  Creek. 

A  quorum  was  present. 

The  Call — The  following  Call  was  read  and  found  in  order. 

The  Constiutional  requirements  having  been  met,  the 
Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  is  hereby  called  to  meet  in  the 
Morrison  Chapel  of  the  Covenant  Church  on  Thursday,  Octo- 
ber 21st  at  2  P.M.  to  transact  the  following  business  if  the 
way  be  clear. 

1.  To  authorize  the  sale  of  the  Erdman  Love  Chapel 
property  to  the  Emmanuel  Presbyterian  Church. 

2.  To  approve  the  action  of  the  Home  Mission  Commit- 
tee in  endorsing  the  loan  from  the  Board  of  Church  Extension 
to  the  Brainerd  Church. 

3.  To  attend  to  any  matters  arising  out  of  the  above. 

F.  C.  Debele.  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG   PRESBYTERY  51 


Sale  of  Property — Presbytery  authorized  the  sale  of  the 
Erdman  Love  Chapel  to  the  Emmanuel  Presbyterian  Church 
of  the  Presbyterian  Church  in  the  United  States  of  America 
at  terms  agreeable  to  the  Home  Mission  Committee  and  the 
Trustees  of  the  Emmanuel  Presbyterian  Church. 

The  following  is  the  recommendation  of  the  Sub-Commit- 
tee on  Home  Missions  which  was  adopted : 

The  Sub-Committee  on  Home  Missions  of  the  Committee  on  Church 
Extension  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  recommends  that  the  Presbytery 
sell  to  the  Emmanuel  Presbyterian  Church,  U.S.A.  the  four  lots  on 
Beattys  Ford  Road  on  which  the  Erdman  Love  Chapel  is  located.  The 
terms  of  sale  to  be  $4,500.00  cash  and  a  lot  near  the  Southside  Homes 
and  the  Marie  Davis  School  which  the  Emmanuel  Church  has  recently 
purchased  for  $3,250.00. 

We  recommend  that  the  Trustees  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  be  au- 
thorized to  convey  to  the  Trustees  of  the  Emmanuel  Presbyterian  Church 
U.S.A.  or  to  any  other  title  holding  group  designated  by  the  Emmanuel 
Church,  the  aforementioned  lots. 

Rufus  A.  Grier,  Chairman 

Loan  to  Brainerd  Church — Presbytery  voted  to  approve 
the  action  of  the  Sub-Committee  on  Home  Missions  in  endors- 
ing the  loan  of  $12,000  from  the  Board  of  Church  Extension 
to  the  Brainerd  Presbyterian  Church. 

Authorization  to  Trustees — Presbytery  authorized  the 
Trustees  of  the  Presbytery  to  reconvey  the  lot  received  in  the 
exchange  from  the  Emannuel  Presbyterian  Church,  U.S.A., 
when  a  sale  has  been  made  at  a  price  agreeable  to  the  Sub- 
Committee  on  Home  Missions. 

The  Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

Presbytery  adjourned  with  prayer  led  by  Rev.  Robert  F. 
Boyd. 

Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall,  Moderator 
F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 
R.  W.  Rayburn,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


( 


MINUTES 
of 


MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 


201th  Stated  Meeting 

Myers  Park  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  18,  1955 


lOBth  Stated  Session 

First  Church,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

April  12,  1955 


Next  Stated  Session 

Camp  Stewart,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

July  19,  1955 


MINUTES 

of 

MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 

Volume  I  Number  2 


207th  Stated  Meeting 

Myers  Park  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  18,  1955 


208th  Stated  Session 

First  Church,  Monroe,  N.  C, 

April  12,  1955 


Next  Stated  Session 

Camp  Stewart,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

July  19,  1955 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


DOCKET  SCHEDULE 


WINTER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Records  of  Presbytery 

(c)  Education 

(d)  Assembly's  Work 

(e)  Ministerial  Education 

(f)  Christian  Education 
Election  of  Commissioners  to 

General  Assembly 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SPRING  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Church  Extension 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Presbytery's  Council 

(d)  Sessional  Records 

(e)  Synod's  Minutes 
Reports  of  Treasurers  and 

Trustees 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SUMMER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Records  of  Presbytery 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 

Adjourn 


FALL  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Assembly's  Minutes 

(d)  Nominations 

(e)  Homes 

New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


The  Stated  Session  of  Presbytery  convenes  at  9 : 00  A.  M.  on 
the  third  Tuesday  in  each  quarter. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


DIRECTORY 


OFFICERS  OF  THE  PRESBYTERY 

Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Moderator  of  Winter  Meeting 
Rev.  C.  S.  Miller,  Moderator  of  Spring  Meeting 
Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk  (1955) 
Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  Permanent  Clerk  (1957) 
Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk  (1956) 
Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Executive  Secretary  (1956) 


TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected  for  Four  Years: 

1955 — Rev.  Jas.  A.  Jones,  Mr.  I.  W.  Stewart,  Charlotte 

1956— Mr.  George  S.  Crouch,  Mr.  H.  W.  Moore,  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall 

Presbytery — 

1955 — Mr.  John  S.  Cansler,  Chairman 
1956— Mr.  W.  H.  Abernathy,  Charlotte 
1957— Mr.  Thomas  C.  Ruff,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


COMMISSIONS 

The  Minister  and  His  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long 

1955 — Rev.  R.  C.  Long,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Mr.  James  Williams 

1956— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Mr.  A.  R.  Shaw 

1957— Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston,  Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Mr.  R.  L.  Puckett 


COMMITTEES 

Assembly's  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson 

Sub  Committee  on  World  Missions 

1955— Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper 

1956— Rev.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

1957— Mr.  J.  W.  McLaney,  Chairman 

Sub  Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief 

1955— Rev.  A.  T.  Taylor 

1956 — Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  Chairman 

1957— Mr.  Geogrey  Sutcliffe 

Sub  Committee  on  Woman's  Work 

1955 — Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  Chairman 

1956— Mr.  J.  W.  Russell 

1957— Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison 

Sub  Committee  on  Assembly's  Special  Causes 

1955— Mr.  C.  W.  Wilson 

1956 — Rev.  J.  S.  Garner,  Chairman 

1957— Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Church  Extension: 

Chairman — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 

Sub  Committee  on  Christian  Relations 

1955— Rev.  W.  A.  Gamble,  Chairman 

1956 — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 

1957— Mr.  Legette  Blythe 

Sub  Committee  on  Evangelism 

1955— Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman;  Dr.  Hamilton  W.  McKay 

1956 — Rev.  R.  G.  Balnicky 

1957 — Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Mr.  McAlister  Carson 

Sub  Committee  on  Radio 

1955— Rev.  C.  S.  Miller,  Chairman 

1956— Mr.  Paul  B.  Marion 

1957— Rev.  T.  W.  MacLean 

Sub  Committee  on  Home  Missions 

1955— Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller,  Mr.  W.  E.  Price,  Mr.  C.  W.  Gilchrist 

1956 — Rev.  I.  H.  Chadwick;  Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier,  Chairman; 

Rev.  H.  S.  Schum;  Mrs.  C.  W.  Tillett 
1957 — Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Mr.  Irwin  Belk,  Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence 


Education : 

Chairman — Rev.  L.  I.  Stell 

Sub  Committee  on  Education  Institutions 

1955— Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  J.  W.  Thomson 

1956— Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

1957— Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley,  Chairman;  Mr.  W.  H.  Earnhardt 

Sub  Committee  on  Campus  Christian  Life 

1955— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 

1956 — Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Chairman 

1957— Mr.  Frank  Orr 


Presbytery's  Council: 

Chairman — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

1955— Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Mr.  C.  G.  Sellers 

Ex-Officio — The  Moderator  and  the  Stated  Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The    President   and   Treasurer   Women   of   the    Church 

1956— Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Mr.  R.  Z.  Thomas 

1957— Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson,  Rev.  J.  R.  Crook,  Mr.  C.  M.  Hassell 


Ministerial  Education: 

Chairman — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters 

1955— Rev.  W.  M.  Walsh,  Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson,  Mr.  P.  F.  Howerton 
1956 — Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters,  Mr.  H.  C.  Williams 
1957— Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Rev.  H.  S.  Schum,  Mr.  H.  C.  Alexander 


Homes : 

Chairman — Rev.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit 

1955— Rev.  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  Mr.  D.  G.  Kimbrell,  Rev.  R.  W.  Raybum 
1956— Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Rev.  K.  N.  Nesbit,  Mr.  J.  David  Flowers 
1957— Rev.  C.  Don  Coffey,  Rev.  C.  A.  White,  Mr.  J.  B.  Watt 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 

1955 — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters,  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper,  Mr.  T.  M. 

Blackwelder 
1956— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Mr.  J.  B. 

Kuykendall 
1957— Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Mr.  A.  R.  Shaw 

Christian  Education: 

Chairman — Rev.  J.  R.  Crook 

1955— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle,  Rev.  S.  W.  Hogue 

1956— Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  Mr.  J.  N.  Stribling,  Mr.  B.  A.  Estridge 

1957— Rev.  J.  R.  Crook,  Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Mr.  T.  P.  Graham 

Ex-Officio— Pres.  of  S.  S.  S.  Asso.— Mr.  Alex  McMillan 

Presbyterial  Chairman  of  Ed. — Mrs.  J.  R.  Nesbit 
Pres.  Men  of  Presbytery — Mr.  George  Stovall 
Pres.  Youth  Fellowship — Mr.  John  Kimbril 


MINUTES  OF  THE  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  MINISTERS 

1. 

J.  W.  Grier 

53.  G.Dana  Waters 

2. 

Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  Th.D. 

54.  W.  J.  Huneycutt 

3. 

M.  E.  Peabody 

55.  Samuel  H.  Zealy 

4. 

W.H.Johnston 

56.  W.  B.  McSwain 

5. 

J.  C.  McGehee 

57.  Roy  E.  Hoke,  Ph.D. 

6. 

B.  Frank  Yandell 

58.  F.C.Wilkinson 

7. 

W.  C.  Copeland 

59.  D.  E.  Wilkinson 

8. 

J.  C.  Grier 

60.  E.B.Cooper 

9. 

T.  R.  Alexander 

61.  IraH.  Rawles 

10. 

A.  T.  Taylor 

62.  Lawrence  I.  Stell,  D.D. 

11. 

M.  B.  Prince,  Jr. 

63.  J.  Gilbert  Kirckhoff 

12. 

H.  C.  Carmichael 

64.  M.  G.  Lyerly 

13. 

W.  B.  Neill 

65.  R.W.Rayburn 

14. 

C.  D.  Whiteley,  D.D. 

66.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr. 

15. 

R.  A.  Young,  D.D. 

67.  Hugh  Pollard 

16. 

Chas.  M.  Boyd,  D.D. 

68.  W.  M.  Boyce,  D.D. 

17. 

A.  L.  Roberts 

69.  Russell  M.  Kerr 

18. 

Daniel  K.  Snyder 

70.  C.H.  McLean 

19. 

W.  T.  Smith 

71.  J.  B.  Reaves 

20. 

Jas.  A.  Jones,  D.D. 

72.  Geo.  A.  Fletcher 

21. 

Jno.  R.  Rosebro,  D.D. 

73.  R.  G.  Laurens 

22. 

R.  H.  Stone,  D.D. 

74.  Stewart  W.  Yandle 

23. 

Robert  F.  Boyd,  Th.D. 

75.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

24. 

Frederick  C.  Debele,  Jr. 

76.  KirkN.  Nesbit 

25. 

Chas.  G.  McClure,  D.D. 

77.  B.F.Ferguson 

26. 

Sam  M.  Inman 

78.  James  R.  Crook 

27. 

J.  0.  Man,  D.D. 

79.  Sheldon  A.  Kosey 

28. 

F.  Clyde  Pratt 

80.  Crawford  White 

29. 

Jonas  Barclay 

81.  J.  S.  Garner 

30. 

W.  M.  Walsh,  D.D. 

82.  H.  S.  Schum 

31. 

F.  S. Johnston 

83.  S.WylieHogue 

32. 

Samuel  McP.  Glasgow,  D.D. 

84.  W.  G.  Workman,  Ph.D. 

33. 

A.  Leslie  Thompson 

85.  C.  McD.  Coifey 

34. 

Roy  F.  Whitley,  Th.D. 

86.  L  Howard  Chadwick 

35. 

Chas.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  D.D. 

87.  W.  S.  Boyce 

36. 

C.  C.  McNeill,  D.D. 

88.  Robert  Turner 

37. 

Warner  L.  Hall,  Ph.D. 

89.  Andrew  A.  Allen 

38. 

T.  W.  MacLean 

90.  Dwight  L.  Barker 

39. 

Homer  A.  Spencer 

91.  Richard  V.  Colen 

40. 

Jno.  A.  Carriker 

92.  W.  F.  Mitchell 

41. 

Henry  S.  Robinson 

93.  W.  T.  Taylor 

42. 

S.  M.  Hutchison 

94.  M.B.Dudley 

43. 

C.  H.  Rowan 

95.  Fred  C.  Holder 

44. 

R.  C.  Long,  D.D. 

96.  C.D.Caldwell 

45. 

D.  S.  Chalabie 

97.  Hugh  M.  Jefferson 

46. 

J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  D.D. 

98.  M.R.Williamson 

47. 

H.  G.  Bedinger,  D.D. 

99.  E.  L.  Stoffel,  Th.D. 

48. 

Carl  S.  Miller 

100.  J.  L.  Doom 

49. 
50. 

Ben  F.  Moore 
Watt  M.  Cooper 

101.  T.  Duke  Williams 

51. 

H.  V.  Carson,  D.D. 

102.  W.  E.  Lytch 

52. 

Harold  D.  Hayward,  Ph.D. 

103.  Leighton  S.  Ford 

MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  CHURCHES 


Churches 

Albemarle  First. 


Albemarle  Second- 

Altan 

Amay  James 


Amity 

Avondale- 


Clerk  of  Session 

_H.  P.  Morrow 

125  S.  5th  St. 

Albemarle,  N.  C. 
„S.  A.  Boaz,  Jr. 

Albemarle,  N.  C. 

„J.  A.  Lowery 
Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

-Edgar  Goodwin 
504  E.  Boundry 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

-J.  C.  Kuck 
Rt.  1,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

-  L.  H.  Meacham 
2804  Avondale  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

J.  T.  Boysworth 
Rt.  2 

Albemarle,  N.  C. 
C.  0.  Josey 
Albemarle  Radio  Co. 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 
Odus  Doster 
Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Sarah  Reid 
Rt.  4,  Box  332 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

James  P.  Sample 
Rt.  2,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

W.  R.  Caudle 
4316  Park  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


Badin F.  L.  Marbry 

Badin,  N.  C. 
Banks Sam  Kell,  Jr. 

Box  206,  Waxhaw,  N.  C 
Belk P.  S.  Snipes 

1011  Choyce  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Benton  Heights Jack  Morrison 

601  Hough  St. 

Monroe,  N.  C. 

Bethany Roy  Snipes 

Welch  Ave. 

Monroe,  N.  C. 
Bethel :. J.  W.  Knox,  Rt.  2 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 
Bethlehem Buford  A.  Price 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Beulah E.  H.  Webb  R.  L.  Long 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C.       Rt.  3,  Pageland,  S.  C. 
Biscoe C.  R.  Poole  C.  R.  Lawrance 

Biscoe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Biscoe,  N.  C. 

Brainerd Marvin  McGill  D.  A.  McGill 

East  Rockingham,  N.  C.East  Rockingham,  N.  C 
Caldwell  Memorial R.  V,  Mason  R.   H.   Crockford 

811  E.  Morehead  2117   McClintock   Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Camden D.  E.  Phillips  Miss  Ethel  Hildreth 

Rt.  3  Rt.  3 

Wadesboro,  N.  C.  Wadesboro,  N.  C. 


S.  E.  Beck 
Badin,  N.  C. 

F.  Parks  Stephenson,  Jr. 
,Rt.  2,Ft.  Mill,  S.C. 
Glenn  A.  Roberts 
1309  Choyce  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Neal  Tucker 
1108  Cherry  St. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Roy  Snipes 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

H.  B.  Knox 

Davidson,  N.  C. 

Buford  A.  Price 
Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Cameronian Lee  McNeeley 

Rt.  3 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Camp  Greene J.  O.  Hawfield 

2418  Remount  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Candor D.  C.  Ewing,  Jr. 

Candor,  N.  C. 
Central  Steele  Creek...- R.  R.  Grier 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Charlotte  First T.  P.  Graham 

815  Lamar  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Clanton  Memorial E.  B.  Clanton 

Rt.  3 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Commonwealth W.  E.  Arnett 

4831  Elder  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Com munity Pink  Sutton 

Mill  St. 

Hannah  Pickett 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Cooks  Memorial Crosby  A.  Dunn 

Rt.  9,  Box  163 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Cornelius R.  A.  Atwell 

Cornelius,  N.  C. 
Covenant j.  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr. 

1000  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Eastminster c.  E.  Reneau 

2217  Bay  St. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
East  Monroe  Grady  Williams 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

EUerbe  First W.  S.  McRae 

Ellerbe,  N.  C. 
Forest   Hills Calvin  C.  Sloan 

1533  N. Independence 
Blvd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Hamlet  First S.  O.  Bauersfeld 

410  Entwistle  St. 

Hamlet,  N.  C. 
Hawley  Memorial Carlton  Billingsley 

Box  71,  Polkton,  N.  C. 
Hopewell Joe  L.  Puckett,  Sr. 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

HoUis  Gillis 

106  Asington 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 

James  Major 

1741  Evergreen  Dr. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

K.  A.  McLeod 

Candor,  N.  C. 

T.  M.  Blackwelder 

Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 

W.  N.  Ward 

202  W.  Trade  St. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Glen  Connell 

Peterson  Drive 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

H.  B.  Carter 

1431  Cyrus  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Carl  Henry 

Hannah  Pickett 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Tom  Smith,  Jr. 

Rt.  9,  Box  148 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  E.  Baxter 

Cornelius,  N.  C. 

W.  A.  Montgomery 

1000  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  A.  Carriker,  Jr. 

2800  Shenandoah  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

W.  J.  Metelli 

1005  Calhoun  St. 

Monroe,  N.  C. 

R.  W.  Carriker 

Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

Z.  R.  Little 

2401  Rozelle's  Ferry  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

John  S.  Williamson 

Pinecroft  Industries 

Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  E.  F.  Billingsley 

Box  84,  Polkton,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Whitley 

Rt.  11,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session  Treasurer 

Huntersville -E.  F.  Kumm  J.  Mike  Dwyer 

Box  115  Huntersville,  N.  C. 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 

Indian  Hill R.  F.  Furr  M.  E.  Brattain 

Rt.  1,  Oakboro,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Indian  Trail E.  J.  Stinson  J.  W.  Shaffer 

Rt.  1  Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Locust T.  M.  Hartsell  L.  Worth  Little 

Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C.  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Macedonia J.  R.  Maness  Daniel  J.  McCaskill 

Rt.  1,  Biscoe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1.,  Candor,  N.  C. 

Mallard  Creek W.  B.  Bingham  Joe  M.  Wilson 

Rt.  7,  Box  612  Rt.  10 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Marks  Creek C.  O.  McRae  H.  C.  McRae 

Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Marshville F.  C.  Efird  Mrs.  C.  A.  Bolt 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C.  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Marston A.  W.  McKay  W.  D.  McKay 

Rt.  1,  Marston,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Marston,  N.  C. 

Matthews N.  0.  Alexander  W.  R.  Freeman 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C.  Matthews,  N.  C. 

McGee N.  C.  Long  Leroy  Lakey 

314  N.  Hoskin  Ave.  Rt.  6 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

McLean W.  M.  Lovin  J.  F.  McCaskill,  Jr. 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

McQuay  Memorial J.  R.  Litaker  Joe  W.  Reid 

3429  Mathis  Dr.  1306  Coker  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Monroe  First W.  H.  Morrison  Virgil  Henderson 

Wadesboro  Rd.  429  Wadesboro  Ave. 

Monroe,  N.  C.  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Morgan  Memorial Rafe  Williams  Sybil  Huneycutt 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C.  Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Morris  Field William  D.  Loy,  Jr.  Herbert  Lee  Hargett 

1808  Fleetwood  Rd.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Charlotte,  N.  C.          110  Stonewall  Jackson  Homes 

Morven W.  E.  Steagall  R.  M.  Hardison 

Morven,  N.  C.  Morven,  N.  C. 

Mt.  Carmel M.  Lee  Mclnnis  J.  C.  Comer 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches 

Mt.  Gilead- 


Mulberry 

Myers  Park. 

Nevin 


New  Salem 

Newell 

Norman 

North  Charlotte- 


Clerk  of  Session 

R.  A.  McRae 

Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

D.  H.  Dunn 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  Lacy  McLean 

2024  Beverly  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

G.  T.  Brown 

C.M.R.  544,  Box  830 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

0.  L.  Efird 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

— .  S.  B.  Wilson 
Newell,  N.  C. 

C.  E.  Martin 

Norman,  N.  C. 

Joe  W.  Hardison 

1732  Academy  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Norwood R.  B.  Winchester 

Norwood,  N.  C. 

Oakboro E.  0.  Ross 

Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Pageland H.  H.  Houston 

Pageland,  S.  C. 

Park  Avenue R.  Lamar  Smith 

Rt.  2 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Paw  Creek R.  W.  Summerville 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Pee  Dee J.  V.  Ussery 

Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead.  N.  C. 
Philadelphia .E.  Ross  Cathey 

Rt.  3,  Matthews.  N.  C. 
Pineville Roy  G.  Starnes 

Pineville,  N.  C. 
Plaza C.  A.  Kirkpatrick 

1315  Matheson  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Pleasant  Hill C.  L.  Choate 

Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
Providence James  A.  Blakeney 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Ramah .J.  G.  Caldwell 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

R.  L.  Martin 
Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Tom  Wilson 

Rt.  5,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Ross 

2501   Oxford  Place 

Charlotte  4,  N.  C. 

Robert  Ritchie 
C.M.R.  544,  Box  660 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  C.  Moore 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Wilbur  X.  Yerton 
Box  28,  Newell,  N.  C. 

John  Gallimore 
Norman,  N.  C. 

W.  L.  Howie 
912  Anderson  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  J.  Ussery 
Norwood,  N.  C. 
Miss  Viola  Ross 
Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 
Alger  Douglas 
Pageland,  S.  C. 
H.  G.  Smith 
Rt.  2 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

E.  B.  Johnston 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Mrs.  C.  W.  Ussery 
Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 
James  H.  Black 
Rt.  3,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Robt.  C.  Hair 
Pineville,  N.  C. 

F.  R.  Freeman 
2819   Temple  Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

A.  M.  Thompson 
Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
N.  C.  Grier 
Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C 

C.  D.  Bradford 
Rt.  1 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 


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Churches 

Rehoboth— . 

Ridgecrest- 


Robinson 

Rockingham  First. 

Rourk 


St.  Andrews - 
St.  Paul 


Salem. 


Sardis 

Seigle  Avenue... 
Selwyn  Avenue- 
Sharon 


Siler. 


Six  Mile  Creek. 
Smallwood 


South  Park... 
Steele  Creek. 


Star 


Clerk  of  Session 

JF.  Albert  Gordon 
Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
_G.  S.  Furr 

Rt.  3 

Albemarle,  N.  C. 
-Perry  C.  Hood 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
-C.  R.  McNair 

Box  416 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
-H.  P.  Shane 

Route  3 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
_J.  W.  Craig,  Jr. 

2121  Rozzelle  Fer.  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
.E.  D.  Jackson 

2509  Arnold  Dr. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
..B.  F.Ferguson 

Pageland,  S.  C. 
..L.  H.  Pharr 

522  Livingston  Dr. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
.Morris  P.  Plyler 

900  Leigh  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
_  Edwin  L.  Dean 

211  Brandvwine  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
-E.  F.  Smith 

Rt.  2,  Box  942 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
.R.  A.  Plyler 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
-J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 
_K.  W.  Wiggins 

C.M.R.  544,  Box  667 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
-G.  Dewey  Kluttz 

600  Marsh  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
.-L.  W.  Brown 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
-J.  F.  Allen 

Box  171 

Star,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Miss  Hope  Sims 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Mary  Lee  Lambert 

Rt.  1 

Stanfield,  N.  C. 

J.  C.  Dulin 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  R.  Harper 

Oakwood  Apts. 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Lester  M.  Smith 

Cordova,  N.  C. 

A.  A.  Clark 
1913  Greene  Blvd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
S.  Hoyle  Long,  Jr. 
2504  Laburnum  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Joe  Kiker 
Pageland,  S.  C. 
C.  B.  Baird 
C.M.R.,  Sardis  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
S.  B.  Schulken 
832  Seigle  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
C.  E.  Elrod 
2921  Westfield  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
W.  T.  Stanford 
Rt.  2 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Fleet  Davis 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

W.  M.  Ratteree 

114  N.  Gardner  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Bland  Clontz 

437  Greystone  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  F.  Bigham 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Barna  Allen 

Box   83 

Star,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Stephenson W.  M.  Pressley 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Sugaw  Creek W.  Parks  Wilson 

Rt.  11 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Sunset  Hills Charles  C.  Harkins 

605  Magnolia  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Tenth  Avenue C.  L.  Elliott 

727  W.  Trade  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C„ 

Thomasboro H.  P.  Cathey 

322  Hovis  Cr. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Trinity Harold  K.  Couch 

Rt.  2 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Troy S.  H.  McCall,  Jr. 

Troy,  N.  C. 
Turner J.  C.  Richardson 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Unionville J.  V.  Mullis 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Wadesboro F.  P.  Boylin 

Wadesboro,  N.  C. 
Walkersville C.  L.  McCain 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
Waxhaw T.  R.  Nisbet 

Box  217 

Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

West  Avenue R.  S.  Wilkinson 

513  Grandin  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westminster Paul  C.  Thompson 

725  Hawthorne  Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westover  Hills Alex  M.  Johnson 

2901  Mayflower  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Williams  Memorial J.  I.  Hutchison 

Rt.  11,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Wilmore R.  M.  Stevenson 

3000  Sommerset  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Jack  Baucom 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

James  A.  Barrus 
1326  Brook  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  M.  Hope 

619  Magnolia  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

F.  W.  Haas 

4428  Albemarle  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

M.  H.  Cathey 
403  Wabash  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  M.  Carter 

217  Johnston  Bldg. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  W.  Safrit 

Box  523,  Troy,  N.  C. 

C.  H.  Biggers 

Rt.  6,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Maude  M.  Brooks 
Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

J.  W.  Scarboro 
Wadesboro,  N.  C. 

Knox  R.  McCain 
Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

B.  E.  Hudson 
Waxhaw,  N.  C 

Paul  L.  Cobb 
621  Walnut  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

L.  M.  Morrison 
1959  Harris  Road 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  M.  Winters 
1220  Princeton  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  L.  McConnell 

Rt.  11,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

H.  F.  Porter 
1741  Wilmore  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY  18 

The  Two  Hundred  Seventh 

Stated  Session  of 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


Myers  Park  Presbyterian  Church 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
January  18,  1955 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundred 
Seventh  Stated  Session  in  the  Myers  Park  Presbyterian 
Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C,  at  9  a.m.  on  the  above  date.  The 
Presbytery  was  opened  by  the  invocation  by  the  Rev.  Robert 
Turner  and  the  scripture  was  read  from  I  Cor.  12 :25-I  Cor.  13. 

The  Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall,  the  Moderator,  preached  the 
sermon  on  'The  Nature  of  the  Church"  and  called  the 
meeting  to  order. 

Memorial — The  following  Memorial  to  Rev.  E.  L.  Flan- 
agan was  read  by  Rev.  W.  H.  Johnston  and  was  adopted. 

Memorial  to  Rev.  E.  L.  Flanagan  written  by  Rev.  W.  H. 
Johnson  and  read  before  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  at  its  207th 
Stated  Session,  January  18,  1955 

ERNEST  LELAND  FLANAGAN 

1886  -  1954 
Ernest  Leland  Flanagan  was  born  in  the  Bethel  community  of  York 
County  near  Clover,  S.  C,  on  January  30,  1886.   He  died  there  November 
10,    1954.     His    parents   were   James    Adams    Flanagan    and    Mary    Ida 
Wallace.    These  both  died  while  Leland  was  a  small  boy. 

He  grew  up  on  a  farm  in  the  Bethel  community  in  the  home  of  an 
uncle,  William  Wallace,  in  whom  were  found  those  qualities  of  char- 
acter that  marked  him  as  a  worthy  scion  of  a  house  that  was  devoted 
to  the  simple  virtues  of  truth  and  honesty. 

This  youth  was  nurtured  in  the  wholesome  heritage  of  the  sturdy 
Scotch-Irish  immigrants  who  came  into  the  Upcountry  of  South  Caro- 
lina in  Colonial  days.  In  the  years  of  his  boyhood  and  youth  on  his 
uncle's  farm  he  found  himself  in  daily  contact  with  those  things  that 
spoke  so  immediately  of  God's  creative  power  and  of  His  loving  prov- 
idence that  filled  every  day  with  evidences  of  His  goodness.    On  every 


14  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Sabbath  day  Leland  went  with  the  family  to  the  services  of  the  sanctu- 
ary where  his  uncle  was  an  honored  Elder  in  historic  old  Bethel  Church. 

Out  of  a  youth  such  as  this,  when  in  the  years  of  early  manhood, 
the  long,  long  thoughts  of  youth  began  to  take  on  substantial  form, 
it  is  not  surprising  to  find  the  youth,  now  become  a  man,  irresistibly 
impelled  by  the  Holy  Spirit's  gentle  grace  to  the  Saviour's  service  in 
the  field  of  the  Christian  ministry. 

His  early  education  was  received  in  the  public  schools  of  his  home 
community  and  at  Bethel  Academy.  He  entered  Davidson  College  in 
1903  and  was  graduated  from  there  in  1907. 

After  his  graduation  from  college  he  taught  school  one  year,  1907- 
1908,  at  McConnellsville,  S.  C;  then  for  two  years,  1908-1910,  he  was 
assistant  principal  at  Charlotte  High  School,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

In  the  autumn  of  1910  he  entered  Union  Theological  Seminary  in 
Richmond,  Virginia;  and  in  1913  he  received  the  Bachelor  of  Divinity 
degree   from   that   institution. 

He  was  licensed  by  Bethel  Presbytery  on  December  28,  1910;  and 
was  ordained  by  Norfolk  Presbytery  in  October  of  1913.  His  first  pas- 
torate was  in  a  group  of  churches.  Belle  Haven  and  Wachaprague,  on 
the  Eastern  Shore  of  Virginia  in  the  years   1913-1917. 

In  the  summer  of  1914  he  visited  Palestine  and  some  of  the  Medi- 
iterranean  countries  of  Europe.  While  on  this  trip  the  First  World  War 
began  to  exercise  its  paralyzing  influence  on  the  lands  of  Central  Europe. 
The  party  in  which  Mr.  Flanagan  was  traveling  was  held  for  some  time 
in  Switzerland  until  permission  could  be  secured  and  an  opportunity 
found  for  crossing  war-alerted  France. 

In  1917  Mr.  Flanagan  was  called  to  the  Park  Avenue  Church  in 
Norfolk,  Virginia.  By  this  time  the  country  was  being  drawn  into  the 
war,  and  he  felt  increasingly  the  urgency  of  the  call  to  give  himself  to 
the  chaplaincy  among  the  men  of  the  armed  forces.  In  the  summer  of 
1918  he  took  the  chaplain's  course  of  training  at  Camp  Taylor,  Louis- 
ville, Kentucky,  and  was  assigned  to  the  Transport  service. 

On  September  5,  1918  he  was  married  to  Miss  Sophie  Butler  Grover 
of  Norfolk,  Virginia.  For  all  the  following  years  she  was  his  devoted 
companion,  his  efficient  co-worker  and  his  tender  comforter  in  the  sor- 
rows that  came  his  way. 

After  the  war  had  ended  he  returned  to  the  work  of  the  pastorate, 
having  received  a  call  to  the  First  Pesbyterian  Church  of  Wilson,  North 
Carolina  in  Albemarle  Presbytery.  In  this  pastorate,  1919-1926,  some 
of  his  friends  think  he  did  the  finest  work  of  his  life.  Under  his  leader- 
ship the  church  established  seven  out  post  Sunday  Schools.  From  these 
out  posts  have  since  come  three  organized  chuches,  Berea,  Bethany 
and  Westminister. 

At  the  close  of  his  pastorate  in  Wilson  he  received  a  call  to  the 
West  End  Church  in  Atlanta,  Georgia;  where  he  served  from  1926  to 
1935.  In  Atlanta  he  suflPered  a  nervous  breakdown  which  with  en- 
croaching blindness  caused  his  retirement  from  the  work  of  the  ministry. 

Four  children  were  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Flanagan,  William  Wallace, 
Ernest  Leland,  Jr.,  James  Grover  and  Lacy  Howell  who  died  in  Atlanta 
at  two  and  a  half  years  of  age.  Ernest  Leland,  Jr.,  was  killed  in  Ger- 
many  in   the    Second   World    War. 

While  he  was  at  Wilson,  North  Carolina,  Mr.  Flanagan  served  on 
the  board  of  trustees  of  Davidson   College;    and  while   he  was   in   At- 


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lanta  he  served  on  the  board  of  Thornwell  Orphanage  in  South  Carolina. 

In  1941  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Flanagan  moved  to  Davidson,  North  Carolina, 
Vv-ith  the  purpose  of  educating  their  boys  at  the  College;  but  the  Second 
World  War  disrupted  their  plans,  the  boys  were  soon  in  the  armed 
forces  of  the  nation  and  they  moved  back  to  the  farm  at  Clover,  South 
Carolina  in  1942.  Here  he  suffered  a  fatal  heart  attack  on  November  10, 
1954.  The  funeral  services  were  conducted  by  Rev.  W.  W.  Arrowood, 
a  boyhood  friend  of  Mr.  Flanagan,  Rev.  W.  H.  Bowman  of  Clover  and 
Rev.  David  H.  Coblentz  of  Bethel;  and  Leland  was  laid  to  rest  among 
his  fathers  in  the  quiet  peace  of  that  lovely  churchyard  where  he  and 
they  await  the  coming  of  the  Lord  in  His  glory. 

"For  me  to  live  is  Christ,  and  to  die  is  gain." 

W.  H.  Johnston 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled 
during  the  meeting. 

Ministers— J.  W.  Grier,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  W.  H.  Johnston,  B.  F.  Yan- 
dell,  J.  C.  Grier,  A.  T.  Tavlor,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B.  Neill,  C.  D.  White- 
ley,  R.  A.  Young,  C.  M.  Boyd,  D.  K.  Snyder,  T.  H.  Mitchell,  W.  T.  Smith, 
J.  A.  Jones,  R.  H.  Stone,  R.  F.  Boyd,  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  C.  G.  McClure, 
S.  M.  Inman,  F.  C.  Pratt,  W.  M.  Walsh,  F.  S.  Johnston,  S.  M.  Glasgow, 

A.  L.  Thompson,  W.  A.  Gamble,  R.  F.  Whitley,  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Warner 
L.  Hall,  T.  W.  MacLean,  J.  A.  Carriker,  H.  S.  Robinson,  S  M.  Hutchison, 
C.  H.  Rowan,  R.  C.  Long,  J.  C.  Lawrence,  H.  G.  Bedinger,  C.  S.  Miller, 

B.  F.  Moore,  Watt  M.  Cooper,  H.  V.  Carson,  H.  D.  Hav^vard,  G.  Dana 
Waters,  W.  J.  Huneycutt,  S.  H.  Zealy,  W.  B.  Mc Swain,  Rov  E.  Hoke, 
F.  C.  Wilkinson,  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  Ira  H.  Rawles,  L.  I.  Stell,  J.  G.  Kirck- 
hoff,  M.  G.  Lyerly,  R.  W.  Rayburn,  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  H.  D.  P.  Pollard, 
W.  M.  Boyce,  R.  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  McLean,  J.  B.  Reaves,  G.  A.  Fletcher, 
R.  G.  Laurens,  R.  G.  Balnicky,  S.  W.  Yandle,  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.,  Kirk 
N.  Nesbit,  B.  F.  Ferguson,  James  R.  Crook,  Sheldon  A.  Koesv,  Crawford 
A.  White,  J.  S.  Garner,  H.  S.  Schum,  S.  W.  Hogue,  W.  G.  Workman,  C. 
Don  Coffey,  I.  Howard  Chadwick,  Robert  Turner,  W.  S.  Boyce,  Andrew 
A.  Allen,  Richard  V.  Colen,  M.  Bland  Dudley,  F.  C.  Holder,  W.  F. 
Mitchell,  W.  T.  Taylor,  D.  C.  Caldwell,  Vance  Baucom,  Hugh  M.  Jef- 
ferson, Malcolm  Williamson,  E.  L.   Stoffel— 89. 

Ruling  Elders — James  Sifford,  Albemarle  First;  S.  A.  Boaz,  Jr.,  Al- 
bemarle Second;  Walter  Crook,  Altan;  J.  C.  Kuck,  Amity;  G.  D.  Aitken. 
Avondale;  H.  E.  Keller,  Badin;  F.  P.  Stephenson,  Banks;  G.  W.  Hager, 
W.  H.  Belk;  J.  G.  Williams,  Benton  Heights;  H.  G.  Torrence,  Bethel; 
Hugh  Harper,  Bethlehem;  E.  H.  Webb,  Beulah;  M.  L.  McGill,  Brainerd; 
R.  V.  Mason,  Caldwell  Memorial;  Jesse  Morris,  Camden;  C.  L.  Liles, 
Camp  Greene;  Sam  Holder,  Candor;  C.  B.  Choate,  Central  Steele  Creek; 
J.  W.  Stewart,  Charlotte  First;  Joe  Lidford,  Clanton  Memorial;  Frank 
Stanton,  Commonwealth;  Pink  Sutton,  Community;  R.  L.  Willis,  Cook's 
Memorial;  S.  B.  Hager,  Cornelius;  Don  Davidson,  W.  K.  Dickson,  John 
Otts,  Covenant;  E.  C.  Williamson,  Eastminster;  Gradv  Williams,  East 
Monroe;  D.  R.  McCaskill,  Ellerbe  First;  M.  L.  Harkey,  Jr.,  Forest  Hills; 
A.  A.  Ream,  Hamlet  First;  A.  R.  Shaw,  Jr.,  Hopewell;  Le  Gette  Blvthe, 
Huntersville;  W.  J.  Lee,  Indian  Hill;  E.  J.  Stimson,  Indian  Trail;  W.  K. 
Helm,  Locust;  D.  J.  McCaskill,  Macedonia;  F.  W.  Alexander,  Mallard 
Creek;  D.  L.  McDonald,  Mark's  Creek;  F.  C.  Efird,  Marshville;  Jas.  W. 
Russell,  Matthews;  N.  C.  Long,  McGee;  J.  R.  Litaker,  McQuay  Memorial; 


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W.  H.  Morrison,  Monroe  First;  A.  R.  Williams,  Morgan  Memorial;  W.  D. 
Loy,  Jr.,  Morris  Field;  V.  L.  Wall,  Morven;  Lee  Mclnnis,  Mt.  Carmel;  J. 
I.  Phillips,  Mt.  Gilead;  Frank  L.  Marshall,  Mulberry;  J.  A.  Late,  Jr., 
Everett  Bierman,  Myers  Park;  Fred  M.  Hunter,  Nevin;  C.  C.  Moore,  New 
Salem;  J.  D.  Watkins,  Newell;  C.  E.  Martin,  Norman;  J.  H.  Ferguson, 
North  Charlotte;  F.  H.  Story,  Norwood;  W.  0.  Ross,  Oakboro;  H.  H. 
Houston,  Pageland;  R.  L.  Killian,  Paw  Creek;  W.  C.  Ussery,  Pee  Dee; 
F.  0.  Brown,  Philadelphia;  A.  E.  Aman,  Plaza;  J.  G.  Boyd,  Pleasant 
Hills;  Lamont  Mayes,  Ramah;  A.  M.  Sims,  Rehoboth;  B.  L.  Griffin, 
Ridgecrest;  P.  C.  Hood,  Robinson;  F.  D.  McLeod,  Rockingham  First; 
W.  P.  Summerville,  St.  Andrews;  F.  A.  Phillips,  St.  Paul;  F.  M.  Faulk- 
ner, Salem;  E.  H.  Walker,  Sardis;  D.  A.  McGill,  Seigle  Avenue;  B.  S. 
Gray,  Selwyn  Avenue;  E.  A.  Jamison,  Sharon;  Floyd  Price,  Siler; 
R.  L.  Shields,  Smallwood;  C.  L.  Spencer,  Jr.,  South  Park;  Mack  P. 
Brown,  Steele  Creek;  Herbert  Brown,  Star;  G.  D.  Privette,  Stephenson; 
J.  R.  Abernathy,  Sugaw  Creek;  E.  L.  Garrett,  Sunset  Hills;  C.  L. 
Elliott,  Tenth  Avenue;  H.  P.  Cathey,  Thomasbore;  C.  W.  Gilchrist,  Trin- 
ity; S.  H.  McCall,  Jr.,  Troy;  C.  H.  Ferguson,  Wadesboro;  C.  L.  McCain, 
Walkersville;  H.  H.  Massey,  Waxhaw;  S.  M.  Cathey,  West  Avenue; 
Frisca  Brown,  Westminster;  Frank  R.  Carson,  Westover  Hills;  W.  R. 
Price,  Williams  Memorial;  W.  D.  Rogers,  Wilmore — 98. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time 
were  introduced. 

The  following  ministers  were  introduced  to  Presbytery 
and  invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren:  Dr.  Michael  P.  Testa 
of  the  Portugal  Mission,  Chaplain  W.  C.  "Smiley"  Williams, 
Rev.  Hugh  Carter  of  Roanoke  Presbytery. 

Moderator  Elected — The  Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr,  Moderator- 
-in-Nomination  was  elected  as  Moderator. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Arrangements — The  following 
Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements  was  made  by 
the  Rev.  James  A.  Jones,  host  pastor. 

It  is  recommended  that  the  Printed  Docket  as  submitted 
be  the  Docket  for  the  meeting  of  Presbytery  except  as  follows : 

1.  That  "Item  3,"  "History  of  the  Myers  Park  Church"  be  omitted. 

2.  That  "Item  10,"  "Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates"  be  the 
first  order  of  busines  immediately  after  the  election  of  the  Moderator. 
The  Committee  is  advised  that  there  are  no  Candidates  to  be  received. 

3.  That  the  report  of  the  Special  Committee  appointed  to  recom- 
mend procedure  for  the  consideration  of  the  Categorical  Question  in 
the  matter  of  Union  be  heard  immediately  after  the  Reception  of 
Ministers. 

4.  That  following  the  action  of  the  Presbytery  the  Docket  as  printed 
be  considered,  and  in  the  order  of  listing  according  to  the  several 
items. 

5.  That  Presbytery  take  recess  for  lunch  at  12:45  and  reconvene  at 
2:00  p.m. 


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6.  That  after  the  discussion  of  the  Categorical  Question  on  Union 
begins,  no  business  be  admitted  to  the  Presbytery  until  the  vote  on  the 
Question  is  concluded.  Since  the  Presbytery  has  Standing  Rules  con- 
cerning certain  items  on  its  Docket,  it  is  agreed  that  the  adoption  of 
this  report  involves  the  consent  of  the  Presbytery  to  suspend  its  rules 
in  such  matters  for  this  meeting. 

7.  That  as  the  third  order  after  lunch  the  Presbytery  resolve  itself 
into  a  Committee  of  the  whole  to  examine   Session  records. 

8.  That  Presbytery  adjourn  at  will. 

Respectfully  submitted, 
Warner  L.  Hall 
Fred  C.  Debele 
Jas.  A.  Jones 

THE  DOCKET 

1.  Opening  Exercises — Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall,  Retiring  Moderator. 

2.  Memorial  to  Rev.  E.  L.  Flanagan  by  Rev.  W.  H.  Johnston. 

3.  History  of  the  Myers  Park  Presbyterian  Church — Rev.  J.  A.  Jones. 

4.  Enrollment  of  Presbytery — Members  of  Presbytery,  Visiting  Breth- 

ren, Introduction  of  Ruling  Elders  attending   Presbytery  for  the 
first  time. 

5.  Election  of  Moderator — Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr,  Moderator-Nominee. 

6.  Report   of   Committee   on   Arrangements — Rev.   J.    A.    Jones. 

7.  Appointment   of    Standing    Committees.     (Two    ministers    and    two 

Elders.) 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial    Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery. 

6.  Sessional  Records. 

8.  Communications. 

9.  Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  R.  C.  Long. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 

10.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

11.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

12.  Report  of  Executive  and  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Presbytery's  Council — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce. 

2.  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters. 

3.  Committee  on  Education — Rev.  L.  I.  Stell. 

4.  Committee  on  Assembly's  Work — Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson. 

13.  Report  of  Standing  Committees.    (See  7  above.) 

14.  Report  of  Treasurers  and  Trustees. 

15.  Annual  Statistical  Report  to  the  General  Assembly. 

16.  Election  of  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly.    (Second  Order 

after  lunch.) 

17.  Report  of  Committee  appointed  by  Presbytery  to  make  plans  for 


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the   discussion   and  vote   on   Church   Union.     (Special    Order   for 
10  a.m.) 

18.  Unfinished  Business.     (Manual   Changes.) 

19.  New  Business. 

1.    Report  of  Special  Committee  on  Program  of  "Forward  with 
Christ." 

20.  Place  of  Next  Meeting. 

21.  Nomination  of  Moderator.     (First  Order  after  Lunch.) 

22.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

23.  Adjournment. 

Ministers  Received — The  following  ministers  seeking  mem- 
bership in  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  presented  certificates  of 
Transfer:  the  Rev.  E.  Lee  Stoffel  from  North  Alabama  Pres- 
bytery and  the  Rev.  Malcolm  R.  Williamson,  from  Asheville 
Presbytery.  These  certificates  being  found  in  order,  the  Pres- 
bytery proceeded  to  examine  the  ministers  in  accordance 
with  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The  exami- 
nation was  approved  as  satisfactory  and  they  were  enrolled 
upon  the  signing  of  the  Covenant. 

Special  Order  of  the  Day — The  hour  appointed  for  the 
special  order  of  the  day  having  arrived,  the  Committee  ap- 
pointed by  Presbytery  to  make  plans  for  the  discussion  and 
vote  on  Church  Union  made  the  following  report  through  its 
Chairman  Rev.  Samuel  M.  Inman.  The  following  recommen- 
dations were  made : 

"Report  of  the  special  committee  to  make  arrangements  for  the 
discussion  and  consideration  of  the  Assembly's  Action  on  Church  Union 
referred  to  Mecklenburg  Presbytery." 

Your  special  committee  has  had  several  meetings  and  has  given 
most  careful  consideration  to  the  responsibility  assigned  to  it.  We 
would  make  the  following  recommendations: 

1.  That  the  Presbytery  engage  in  a  discussion  of  the  matter  of 
Church  Union  with  speakers  being  heard  alternately  for  each  side  as 
far  as  possible. 

2.  That  each  side  be  allowed  a  total  of  sixty  minutes,  if  they  so 
desire,  before  a  call  for  the  question  will  be  in  order. 

3.  That  each  speaker  speak  only  once  for  a  time  not  exceeding  ten 
minutes. 

4.  That  the  Reverend  Warner  Hall  be  heard  as  the  first  speaker  for 
Union,  and  that  Elder  Angus  Shaw  be  heard  as  the  first  speaker  against 
Union. 

5.  That  the  parliamentary  law  forbidding  discussion  after  the  call 
for  the  question  be  set  aside  and  that  the  following  apply  in  this 
case:  After  the  call  for  the  question  has  been  acted  on  by  the  Presby- 
tery, the  Reverend  James  A.  Jones  be  heard  for  not  exceeding  fifteen 
minutes  as  the  closing  speaker  for  Union,  and  that  the  Reverend  C.  G. 


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McClure  be  heard  for  not  exceeding  fifteen  minutes  as  the  closing 
speaker  against  Union.  No  other  speakers  are  to  be  heard  and  no  fur- 
ther discussion  is  to  be  allowed  after  the  call  for  the  question. 

6.  That  Presbytery  vote  by  roll  call  from  the  enollment  cards  with- 
out designation  of  church  or  office.  After  the  close  of  the  debate  the 
Presbytery  engage  in  a  season  of  silent  prayer  to  be  closed  by  the  Mod- 
erator, after  which  the  vote  will  be  taken  without  further  discussion  or 
debate  from  the  floor. 

7.  That  the  Stated  Clerk  be  authorized  to  pay  the  traveling  expenses 
of  Dr.  L.  Nelson  Bell,  Mr.  Paul  Hastings,  and  Mr.  Halbert  Jones  who 
led  the  discussions  in  the  popular  meetings  sponsored  by  this  committee. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

Rev.  G.  C.  McClure 

Rev.  Sam  Zealy 

Rev.  Lawrence  I.   Stell 

Elder  James  Barnhart 

Elder  Angus  Shaw 

Rev.  Samuel  M.  Inman,  Chmn. 

The  report  as  presented  was  adopted  with  the  amendment 
of  item  No.  6  to  read  "by  roll  call  each  answering  by  secret 
ballot." 

All  former  Moderators  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  were 
granted  the  privilege  of  the  floor  during  the  discussion  of  the 
question  of  "Union." 

A  debate  on  the  question  of  "Union"  engaged  the  time  of 
Presbytery  until  time  for  recess  for  lunch.  A  motion  was 
made  granting  the  right  to  commissioners  officially  excused 
by  Presbytery  before  recess  for  lunch  to  cast  their  ballots  be- 
fore leaving  the  session  for  the  day.  Presbytery  recessed  for 
lunch  as  it  was  led  in  prayer  by  Dr.  J.  W.  Grier. 


AFTERNOON  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  at  2:00  p.m.  and  was  led  in  prayer 
by  the  Moderator. 

After  both  sides  had  consumed  the  allotted  time  for  debate 
on  the  question  of  "Union,"  the  question  being  called  for, 
Presbytery  heard  Dr.  James  A.  Jones  sum  up  the  case  for 
"Union"  and  Dr.  Charles  G.  McClure  sum  up  the  case  against 
"Union."  The  categorical  question  was  read  by  the  Modera- 
tor, after  which  Presbytery  engaged  in  a  season  of  silent 
prayer  concluded  by  a  prayer  by  the  Moderator.  A  roll  call 
vote  by  secret  ballot  was  taken.  A  committee  of  tellers  of 
which  the  Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson  was  chairman,  was  ap- 


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pointed  to  count  the  ballots.    The  result  was  66  votes  cast 
for  ''Union"  and  131  votes  against  ''Union." 

Standing  Committees — ^The  Moderator  appointed  the  fol- 
lowing Standing  Committees: 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures — Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall,  Chairman;  Rev.  Ro- 
bert F.  Boyd,  T.  W.  Gilchrist,  James  Sifford,  H.  H.  Massey. 

2.  Installations — Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Chairman;  Rev.  F.  C.  Wilkin- 
son, Berchal  L.  McNeely,  Jr.,  R.  H.  Fetner,  Sr. 

3.  Judicial  Business — Rev.  Harold  D.  Hayward,  Chairman;  Rev. 
Henry  S.  Robinson,  I.  W.  Stewart,  Jack  Tate. 

4.  Resolutions:  Rev.  David  E.  Wilkinson,  Chairman;  Rev.  T.  W. 
MacLean,  F.  D.  McLeod,  Fresca  Brown. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery — Rev.  E.  D.  Cooper,  Chairman;  Rev.  James 
R.  Cook,  H.  G.  Torrence,  J.  I.  Phillips. 

6.  Sessional  Records — Rev.  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  Chairman;  Rev.  W.  M. 
Mitchell,  J.  Reid  Abernethy,  Harry  E.  Keller. 

Pastoral  Dissolution — The  Rev.  William  A.  Gamble  asked 
the  Presbytery  to  dissolve  the  pastoral  relationship  between 
himself  and  the  St.  Paul  Church  effective  January  20,  1955, 
to  accept  a  call  to  the  Hollandale  Presbyterian  Church,  Hol- 
landale,  Mississippi.  On  the  hearing  from  the  Church's  rep- 
resentative that  the  congregation  had  concurred  in  the  pas- 
tor's request,  Mr.  Gamble  was  dismissed  to  the  Central  Mis- 
sissippi Presbytery.  The  Clerk  was  instructed  to  send  a  letter 
of  commendation  for  his  work  and  service  among  us. 

Nomination  of  Moderator — The  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller  of  the 
Rockingham  Church  was  elected  as  the  Moderator-in-Nomina- 
tion  for  the  Spring  meeting  of  Presbytery. 

Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly — The  following 
Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly  meeting  at  Richmond, 
Va.,  June  2,  1955  were  elected: 

Ministers  Elders 

Russell  M.  Kerr  J.  R.  Abernethy,  Sugaw  Creek 

Carl  S.  Miller  C.  W.  Gilchrist,  Trinity 

W.  B.  Neill  C.  L.  Elliott,  Tenth  Ave. 

W.  T.  Smith  H.  H.  Massey,  Waxhaw 

W.  M.  Boyce  L.  Hunter  Pharr,  Sardis 

Stev^^art  W.  Yandle  John  C.  Ashcraft,  Plaza 

David  E.  Wilkinson  R.  V.  Mason,  Caldwell  Memorial 

J.  R.  Crook  S.  H.  McCall,  Jr.,  Troy 


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Ministers   (Alternates)  Elders  (Alternates) 

Robert  Turner  C.  A.  Bolt,  Marshville 

A.  T.  Taylor  W.  X.  Yerton,  Newell 

Henry  Schum  John  A.  Tate,  Jr.,  Myers  Park 

J.  Sam  Garner  Boyce  L.  Ranson,  West  Ave. 

Tom  W.  MacLean  R.  S.  Hutchison,  Covenant 

Hugh  P.  Pollard  F.  C.  Stanton,  Commonwealth 

Shelton  M.  Hutchison  J.  Price  Robinson,  Wilmore 

Robert  G.  Balnicky  Merle  D.  Randle,  Huntersville 

Sessional  Records — Presbytery  resolved  itself  into  a  Com- 
mittee of  the  whole  to  examine  the  Sessional  records.  The 
Committee  on  Sessional  Records  reported  that  98  Sessional 
records  were  examined.  Those  churches  failing  to  bring  Ses- 
sional records  at  this  meeting  were  instructed  to  bring  them 
to  the  Spring  meeting  of  Presbytery. 

Communications  —  The  following  Communications  were 
read  and  disposed  as  indicated. 

1.  From  the  Synod  of  Texas  offering  a  resolution  on  "Union"  to  be 
read.    Received  as  information. 

2.  From  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  Senior  High  Fellowship  Youth 
Council  urging  a  favorable  vote  on  "Union."    Received  as  information. 

3.  From  Dr.  John  O.  Lafferty  declining  his  appointment  on  the 
Sub-Committee  of  Religious  Education.    Request  granted. 

4.  From  the  Board  of  Church  Extension,  Division  of  Home  Missions 
submitting  a  record  of  the  activities  of  Chaplains  Wm.  M.  Boyce,  Jr., 
and  James  Brown  Reeves.    Received  as  information. 

5.  From  the  following  churches  requesting  permission  to  raise 
their  pastors  salaries:  Trinity,  Norwood,  Monroe,  Sugaw  Creek,  Biscoe, 
Albemarle,  Siler,  Indian  Trail,  Rockingham,  Nevin,  Philadelphia,  Wil- 
liams Memorial,  Badin,  McQuay,  Clanton  Memorial,  Smallwood,  Mul- 
berry,  Westover   Hills.    The   requests   were   granted. 

(It  was  reported  that  McQuay,  Memorial,  Indian  Hill,  Locust,  Biscoe, 
and  Star  Churches  had  come  to  full  self-support.  A  motion  was  made 
to  commend  them.) 

6.  From  the  Treasurer  of  Presbytery  a  statement  concerning  its 
funds.    Received  as  information. 

7.  From  the  Sub-Committee  on  Home  Missions  requesting  that  the 
Presbytery  authorize  the  Trustees  of  the  Presbytery  to  deed  the  prop- 
erty purchased  and  given  by  the  George  Goodyear  Co.  to  the  trustees 
of  the  Forest  Hill  Presbyterian  Church — and  that  it  be  deeded  in  two 
separate  sections,  this  two-deed  request  coming  from  the  Forest  Hills 
Church.    Trustees  were  so  authorized. 

8.  From  the  attorneys  for  N.  B.  Krimminger  authorizing  and  em- 
powering the  Trustees  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  convey  and  do 
all  things  necessary  for  carrying  out  the  agreements  of  the  sale  of 
property  to  him  conveyed  to  them  by  deed  from  the  Trustees  of  the 
Emmanuel  Presbyterian  Church.    Resolution  passed. 


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RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS,  the  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  of  the  Presbyterian  Church 
of  the  Synod  of  North  Carolina  of  the  Presbyterian  Church  of  the 
United  States,  in  the  regular  stated  or  quarterly  Session  duly  assembled 
on  January  19,  1955,  in  the  Myers  Park  Presbyterian  Church  in  Char- 
lotte, North  Carolina,  pursuant  to  proper  notice  and  the  regulations 
as  provided  in  the  by-laws  or  manuel  of  said  Presbytery,  to  handle  all 
business  matters  brought  before  said  meeting,  believe  that  it  is  to  the 
best  interests  of  said  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  transfer  and  convey  to 
N.  B.  Krimminger  and  wife,  Eula  B.  Krimminger,  for  a  consideration  of 
$3,000.00,  a  fee  simple  title  to  that  certain  portion  of  Lots  19  and  20, 
in  Block  7,  of  that  subdivision  known  as  Brookdale  "revised,"  a  plat  of 
which  subdivision  is  recorded  in  Map  Book  6,  at  page  27  in  the  Office 
of  the  Register  of  Deeds  for  Mecklenburg  County,  the  same  being  that 
certain  property  conveyed  to  John  S.  Cansler,  W.  H.  Abernathy  and 
Thomas  C.  Ruff,  trustees  of  the  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  of  the  Presby- 
terian Church  of  the  Synod  of  North  Carolina  of  the  Presbyterian 
Church  of  the  United  States,  by  William  A.  Massey,  Theodore  Avery  and 
Hyder,  Massey,  Jr.,  trustees  for  Emmanuel  Presbyterian  Church,  and 
which  is  recorded  in  the  Mecklenburg  Registry  in  Book  1703,  at  page 
277,  reference  to  which  is  hereby  made. 

NOW,  THEREFORE,  BE  IT  RESOLVED  that  the  following  duly 
elected  Trustees  of  this  Presbytery,  to-wit:  John  S.  Cansler,  W.  H. 
Abernathy  and  Thomas  C.  Ruff,  be,  and  they  are  hereby,  fully  authorized 
and  empowered  in  the  name  of  this  Presbytery  to  execute  and  deliver 
to  N.  B.  Krimminger  and  wife,  Eula  B.  Krimminger,  a  good  and  sufficient 
warranty  deed  to  the  above-described  land  and  to  accept  in  considera- 
tion therefor  the  sum  of  $3,000.00;  and  the  said  Trustees  for  the 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery  are  further  authorized  and  empowered  to  do 
all  other  needful  and  necessary  acts  for  carrying  out  the  aforesaid 
purposes;  and  all  of  the  acts  of  the  Said  Trustees  in  carrying  out  the 
purposes  expressed  in  this  resolution  be,  and  they  are,  hereby  in  all  re- 
spects ratified  and  approved  by  the  Mecklenburg  Presbytery;  and  it  is 
further  ordered  that  a  copy  of  this  resolution  be  spread  upon  the 
minutes  of  this  Presbytery  in  full. 

This  18th  day  of  January,  1955. 

Report  of  Commission  on  Minister  and  His  Work — The  fol- 
lowing Report  of  the  Commission  of  the  Minister  and  His 
Work  was  read  and  admitted  to  record. 

1.  Granted  the  request  of  Rev.  F.  R.  McAlister  for  a  letter  to 
transfer  to  Piedmont  Presbytery. 

2.  Dissolved  the  relation  existing  between  Rev.  Olin  M.  Whitener 
and  the  Camp  Greene  Church,  and  dismissed  Mr.  Whitener  to  Orange 
Presbytery. 

3.  Approved  the  following  calls: 

Rev.  Joseph  McClure  for  the  Huntersville  Church. 
Rev.  James  L.  Doom  for  the  Hamlet  Church. 
Rev.  Arthur  T.  Taylor  for  the  Newell  Church. 
Rev.  E.  Lee  Stoffel  for  the  First  Church,  Charlotte. 
Rev.  G.  A.  Fletcher  for  the  Waxhaw  Church. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY  23 


Rev.  W.  N.  Clark  for  the  Mt.  Gilead  Church. 

Mr.  W.  D.  Lively  for  the  Brainerd  field. 

Rev.  M.  R.  Williamson  for  the  Tenth  Ave.  Church. 

Respectfully  submitted, 
Roswell  Long,  Chairman 

An  overture  presented  by  the  Commission  directed  to  the 
Board  of  Annuities  and  Rehef  to  arrange  payment  of  the 
earned  annuity  to  the  annuitant  who  has  reached  the  age  of 
72  was  recommended  to  the  Commission  to  be  presented  at 
the  Spring  meeting  of  Presbytery. 

Calls  for  the  services  of  Rev.  E.  Lee  Stoffel  and  Rev.  Mal- 
colm R.  Williamson  were  found  in  order  and  placed  in  their 
hands. 

Repart  of  Other  Commissions — The  Commission  appointed 
to  install  the  Rev.  Hugh  Jefferson  made  its  report  which  was 
admitted  to  the  record. 

The  Commission  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  install  Rev.  Hugh 
M.  Jefferson  as  Pastor  of  South  Park  Church  met  in  the  Pastor's  study 
at  7:20  p.m.,  October  3,  1954,  and  was  called  to  order  by  the  Chairman, 
Dr.  R.  H.  Stone.  The  meeting  was  opened  with  prayer  by  Rev.  James 
S.  Garner.  Members  present — Dr.  R.  H.  Stone,  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner,  Rev. 
Ben  F.  Moore,  Elders,  Dewey  Klutz  and  Rufus  A.  Grier.  Rufus  A.  Grier 
was  elected  secretary. 

The  Commission  then  joined  the  congregation  in  a  service  of  wor- 
ship led  by  Dr.  Stone,  Elder  Dewey  Klutz  led  the  offertory  prayer, 
Rev,  Ben  F.  Moore  preached  the  sermon  on  ''Kings  and  Priests"  (Reve- 
lation 1:5,  6),  Dr.  Stone  propounded  the  constitutional  questions  to  the 
Pastor  and  Congregation.  Rev.  J.  S.  Garner  gave  the  charge  to  the 
Pastor  and  Elder  Rufus  A.  Grier  to  the  Congregation. 

The  benediction  was  pronounced  by  the  newly-installed  Pastor,  Rev. 
Hugh  M.  Jefferson.  While  the  officers  and  congregation  were  welcom- 
ing their  Pastor  and  his  family,  the  Commission  retired,  reviewed  and 
approved  the  minutes  and  adjourned  with  prayer  by  Rev.  Ben  F.  Moore. 

R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman 
R.  A.  Grier,  Secretary 

MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY   BENEVOLENT   FUND 

STATEMENT  OF  CASH  RECEIPTS  AND  DISBURSEMENTS 
FOR  THE  YEAR   1954 

Receipts  from  Churches,  Women  of  the  Church,  Sunday  Schools, 
Youth  Organizations  and  individuals  the  sum  of  $339,929.27  which  has 
been  disbursed  as  follows: 


24  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ASSEMBLY'S  CAUSES: 

World  Missions    $  87,894.10 

Church  Extension    40,090.34 

Annuities  and  Relief   16,104.27 

Christian  Education    15,783.76 

General  Fund  19,726.11 

Inter-Church  Agencies   586.75 

Negro  Work  Campaign 1,441.50 

Overseas  Relief    1,371.63 

Ometepec     40.77 

Guidance  Centers  &  Christian  Art 11.75 

Negro  Nurseries    17.75 

Indonesian  Fund   31.25 

American  Bible  Society 276.25 

Mountain  Retreat  Association   2.00 

Oklahoma  Presbyterian  College 5.00 

Stillman  College    5.00 

SYNOD'S  CAUSES: 

Church  Extension   $  12,864.40 

Educational  Institutions    39,815.42 

Presbyterian  Orphans  Home    16,565.63 

Presbyterian  Home 5,072.60 

The  William  Black  Home   1,749.68 

Religious  Education   4,380.83 

Student  Work    2,907.58 

N.  C.  Council  and  Allied  Church  League 613.90 

U.  T.  S.  Development  Campaign 2,375.00 

Queens   College    1.00 

PRESBYTERY'S  CAUSES: 

Church  Extension    $  55,962.32 

Religious  Education    3,278.96 

Presbytery's   Tax    Fund    662.50 

South  Tryon  Negro  Work    2,312.79 

Bi-Centennial   Committee    87.50 

The  W.  H.  Belk  Fund 6,233.50 

Presbytery's   Office    25.00 

Presbytery's  Youth  Treasurer   20.00 

MISCELLANEOUS  CAUSES: 

Alexander  Home   $     1,275.02 

Bible  in  Public  Schools   206.49 

C.  R.  O.  P 57.92 

C.  A.  R.  E 1.00 

Mission  to  Lepers   50.00 

World  Council  of  Churches 2.00 

United  Church  Women 20.00 


$339,929.27 

Respectfully  submitted, 
R.  H.  Stone,  Treasurer 


MINUTES  OF   MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY  25 


Financial  Report  to 
THE  HOME  MISSION  COMMITTEE 

January  20,  1954  -  January  15,  1955 

RECEIPTS 

Balance  Jan.  20,  1954 $10,867.92 

Benevolent  Account    55,962.32 

Belk  Brothers  Company   3,500.00 

Vacation   Fund    719.60 

Negro  Delegates   539.85 

Myers  Park  Men's  Club    1,869.00 

Banks  Church 1,500.00 

For  Seigle  Avenue  Summer  Work 1,050.00 

Sale  of  U.  S.  Treasury  Bonds 5,064.05 

R.  A.  Dunn  Legacy   1,176.75 

Sale  of  Erdman  Love  Chapel 4,491.75 

Board  of  Ch.  Extension  (S.  Tryon)    5,000.00 

Myers  Park  Church  (Special)    250.00 

Sale  of  Materials 34.12 

Dividends     36.75 

Refund     93.38 


$92,155.49     $92,155.49 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Salaries  and  Supplies $25,694.62 

Negro  Work — Including   Salaries    11,908.76 

Director  of  Internal  Revenue  1,964.55 

Minister  to  the  Hospitals   3,300.00 

M.  A.  F.  Dues   1,457.66 

Vacation  Fund   729.50 

Book   Account    231.60 

Christmas    Checks    700.00 

Moving  Ministers    559.08 

Church  and  Manse  Bldg.  Fund 117.28 

Insurance     377.61 

Mecklenburg   Presbyterian    592.00 

Movie  Projector   (Trade)    220.00 

Expense    at   Woodlawn    362.50 

Hauling     97.00 

Warehouse     731.10 

Negro  Delegates    630.50 

Committee  on  Evangelism    34.25 

Belk  Chapel  (Loan)    2,369.00 

Belk  Chapel    225.00 

N.  Charlotte  Manse    1,720.00 

S.  Tryon  Presbyterian  Work 3,351.88 

Belk  Presbyterian  Manse 1,000.00 

Camden   Presbyterian  Church    1,000.00 

McQuay  Memorial  Manse   1,000.00 

Turner  Presbyterian  Manse    2,000.00 

Brainerd  Presbyterian  Church 3,400.00 

Belk  S.  S.  House 700.00 

Taxes      .95 

Seigle  Avenue  Work    1,050.00 


26  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Miscellaneous    Expenses    354.54 


$67,879.38     $67,879.38 


Balance    $24,276.11 

(Of  this  balance,  $22,000.00  has  been  appropriated  and  $1,250.00  is 
designated,  leaving  a  working  balance  of  $1,016.11.) 

Respectfully  submitted, 
R.  H.  Stone,  Treasurer 

REPORT  OF  THE  W.  H.  BELK  FUND 

January  20,  1954  -  January  17,  1955 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance  January  20,  1954  $14,403.42 

Orange  Grove  Note    5,000.00 

Interest  on  Orange  Grove  Notes   1,200.00 

Payments  on  Other  Loans  Includ.  Interest  3,677.20 

Mrs.  W.  H.  Belk  850.00 

Mrs.  Sarah  Belk  Gambrell   600.00 

Home  Federal  (Reserve)   5,000.00 

Refunds  on  Orange  Grove  Closing  Sale   . .  33.50 

$30,764.12     $30,764.12 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

For  Catechism  Awards   $      259.00 

Mr.  R.  J.  Belk  900.00 

Miss  Daisy  E.  Walkup 600.00 

G.  F.  Schrum  (Note  for  W.  H.  Belk  Ch.  lot)  1,000.00 

George  Goodyear  Co.    (Forest  Hill  Prop.)  10,550.00 

Star  Presbyterian  Church 1,000.00 

Davidson   College    5,000.00 

Loans    8,200.00 

Belk  Manse $5,000.00 

Belk  Church   2,000.00 

Park  Avenue  Church 1,200.00 

Service   Charge    .86 

$27,509.86     $27,509.86 
Balance    $  3,254.26 

Notes  payable  in  this  account — $12,271.19. 

Respectfully  submitted, 
R.  H.  Stone,  Treasurer 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY  27 


Report  of 

MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY'S  CHURCH  AND  MANSE 

BUILDING  FUND 

January  20,  1954  -  January  17,  1955 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance    $2,822.38 

Balance  on  Woodlawn  Call 66.50 

McQuay  Manse  Call 1,275.83 

W.  H.  Belk  Manse 1,355.83 

W.  H.  Belk  Chapel 300.00 

Forest  Hill  Manse 1,053.83 

$6,874.37     $6,874.37 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Belk  Presbyterian  Chapel $    300.00 

McQuay  Memorial  Manse   1,275.83 

W.  H.  Belk  Presbyterian  Manse   1,355.33 

S.  Tryon  St.  (Shuman  Ave.  Call)   1,431.83 

$4,362.99     $4,362.99 

Balance    $2,511.38 

Respectfully  submitted, 
R.  H.  Stone,  Treasurer 

Financial  Report  of 
MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY'S  SCHOLARSHIP  FUND 

December  31,  1953  -  January  17,  1955 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance    $    521.29 

For  Scholarships  (three  students)    1,440.00 

$1,961.29     $1,961.29 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Account  of  W.  H.  McLeod $1,212.46 

Flora  Macdonald  College    161.00 

Walter  B.  Satterfield   240.00 

$1,613.46     $1,613.46 

Balance    $    347.83 

Respectfully  submitted, 
R.  H.  Stone,  Treasurer 


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Report  of  the  Treasurer  of 
PRESBYTERY'S   EXPENSE   FUND 

BALANCE  ON  HAND— January  1,  1954 $  3,256.16 

Received  from  the  Churches   25,907.61 

Total  Receipts   $29,163.77 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

R.  H.  Stone,  Treasurer,  Presbytery's 

Office  Expense   $11,082.00 

B.  A.  Estridge,  Treasurer,  Camp 

Stewart  Expense   4,800.00 

E.  C.  Scott,  Treasurer,  General 

,^         Assembly's  Assess 3,708.12 

H.   J.   Dudley,   Treasurer,   Synod's   Assess.  1,311.93 

Presbytery's  Expense  at  Meetings   300.00 

Lassiter  Corp. — Printing   Minutes    962.00 

Kale-Lawing   Co. — Supplies    11.80 

Postage    127.89 

Presbyterian  Book  Store — Supplies    43.23 

Longine  &  Potter,  Inc.,  Statistical  Reports  36.50 

Auditor's  Fee   5.00 

Stated  Clerk  Salary 600.00 

Stated  Clerk  Office  Help   600.00 

Minister's   Annuity  Fund    45.00 

Permanent  Clerk — Salary   40.00 

Assistant  Clerk— Salary    40.00 

Travel   Expense — Commission    7.00 

R.  H.  Stone,  Bonus 50.00 

Total    Disbursements    $23,770.49     $23,770.49 

BALANCE  ON  HAND— January  1,  1955    $  5,393.28 

Respectfully  submitted, 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Treasurer 

Financial  Report  of  the 
OFFICE  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY  FOR  1954 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance— January  7,  1954   $      434.33 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Treasurer— Tax  Fund   .  .  11,082.00 

Committee  on  Religious   Education    3,015.02 

For    MECKLENBURG     PRESBYTERIAN  449.99 

For  Showing  Steagall  Film   422.22 

Projection  of  Presbytery's  Steagall  Film..  90.00 

Charlotte  Preaching  Mission   11.53 

Benevolent  Account    25.00 


$15,530.09     $15,530.09 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Salary  of  Secretary   $  4,400.00 

Travel  Allowance  for  Secretary   1,000.00 


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Manse   Allowance    1,200.00 

M.  A.  F.  Dues   330.00 

Salary  of  Office  Secretary   2,198.88 

Director  of  Internal  Revenue    539.40 

Salaries  for  Camp  Stewart 2,913.00 

Office  Expense   811.17 

THE   MECKLENBURG   PRESBYTERIAN  485.74 

Rev.  C.  R.  Steagall's  Visit   422.22 

Investment  in  Steagall  Film  and  Recorder  324.91 

Audit 50.00 

Belk  Presbyterian  Chapel — Benev.  Acct.    .  25.00 

The  Herald  Press  (Loan  to  Bi-Cen.  Com.)  122.76 

A.  F.  Dancy  Co.  (Trade  in  Typewriter)    . .  152.90 

$14,975.98     $14,975.98 
Balance    $      554.11 

Respectfully  submitted, 
R.  H.  Stone,  Secretary 

Report  of  Presbytery's  Council — Presbytery's  Council  read 
its  report  and  it  was  received  as  information.  A  recommenda- 
tion that  the  unpaid  Presbyterian  Taxes  for  1953  and  years 
preceding  be  cancelled,  was  adopted. 

Report  on  Education — A  report  on  the  work  at  Camp  Ste- 
wart was  heard  and  received  as  information,  the  Rev.  James 
R.  Crook  reporting  for  the  Pioneer  Camp  and  the  Rev.  David 
E.  Wilkinson  on  the  Senior  Camp. 

Report  of  the  Committee  on  Assembly's  Work — The  Sub- 
committee on  World  Missions  presented  a  written  report  and 
it  was  received  as  information. 

The  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Installations — The  Com- 
mittee on  Installations  made  the  following  report  which  was 
adopted : 

We  recommend  the  appointment  of  the  following  Commissions: 

1.  To  install  Rev.  E.  Lee  Stoffel,  D.D.:  Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall  to 
charge  the  pastor,  the  Rev.  James  A.  Jones  to  charge  the  congregation, 
and  Rev.  Lawrence  I.  Stell  to  preach  the  sermon,  and  the  Rev.  Watt  M. 
Cooper,  Alternate.  Elders  to  serve  on  the  Commission  are  T.  E.  Spar- 
row, Charlotte  First,  and  W.  E.  Price,  Caldwell  Memorial  Church.  The 
time  for  the  installation  service  is  January  23,  1955  at  First  Presby- 
terian Church,  7:00  p.m. 

2.  To  install  Rev.  Malcolm  R.  Williamson:  Dr.  Roy  E.  Hoke  to  pro- 
pound constitutional  questions,  Rev.  Cecil  Lawrence  to  preach  the  ser- 
mon, Mr.  B.  S.  Gray  to  charge  the  minister,  and  Mr.  David  Kimbrell  to 
charge  the  congregation,  and  the  Rev.  Robert  Turner  to  serve  as  chair- 
man of  the  Commission.  The  time  for  the  installation  is  January  30, 
1955  at  7:30  p.m. 


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Report  of  Committee  on  Resolutions — The  Committee  on 
Resolutions  was  heard  and  the  report  was  adopted: 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  meeting  in  the  Myers  Park  Presby- 
terian Church,  January  18,  1955  records  its  gratitude: 

1.  To  the  ministers  and  people  of  the  host  church  for  all  that  they 
have  so  graciously  done  to  provide  for  the  needs  of  the  Presbytery. 

2.  To  those  who  have  so  efficiently  and  delightfully  served  our  needs 
in  the  dining  room. 

3.  To  our  retiring  moderator,  Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall,  for  his  sermon, 
which  so  searchingly  moved  our  hearts  and  called  us  to  a  spirit  of 
humility,  love  and  responsibility  with  respect  to  the  urgent  matter 
before  the  body. 

4.  To  our  moderator,  Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr,  for  the  calm,  patient, 
effective  manner  in  which  he  guided  the  deliberations  of  the  Presbytery 
through  a  momentous  and  strenuous  session. 

5.  To  Almighty  God  our  Heavenly  Fathei'  for  His  gracious  provi- 
dence and  loving  spirit  manifest  in  many  ways  during  the  day. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

Rev.  David  E.  Wilkinson,  Chmn. 

Elder  F.  D.  MacLeod 

Elder  Fresca  Brown 

Rev.  Thomas  W.  MacLean 

Nominations — The  Committee  on  Nominations  recom- 
mended the  name  of  Mr.  Thomas  P.  Graham  for  appointment 
to  the  Religious  Education  Committee  to  take  the  place  of 
Dr.  John  E.  Lafferty  who  found  it  impossible  to  accept  his 
appointment  to  this  committee. 

Annual  Statistical  Report — The  Stated  Clerk  gave  a  partial 
report  of  the  Annual  Statistical  Report  to  the  Assembly  and 
was  authorized  to  complete  the  report  to  the  Assembly. 

Committee  on  Presbytery's  Records — The  Committee  on 
Presbytery's  Minutes  read  its  report  and  it  was  adopted  and 
admitted  to  record. 

The  Committee  finds  the  minutes  of  Presbytery  meetings  on  July 
10,  1954,  September  14,  1954  and  October  21,  1954  as  printed  in  order 
with  the  following  exceptions:  P.  26  where  committee  was  appointed 
"to  lead  the  discussion  on  Church  Union  at  January  meeting"  should 
read  "To  make  recommendations  to  the  January  meeting  concerning 
the  method  to  be  followed  in  presentation  of  the  case  for  and  against 
Church  Union  and  the  method  of  voting  on  the  issue  at  that  time." 

The  clerks  are  commended  for  their  diligence  in  keeping  the  Pres- 
bytery minutes. 

James  R.  Crook,  Acting  Chmn. 

M.   G.  Lyerly 

F.  0.  Brown 


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Manual  Changes — The  second  reading  of  a  change  in  the 
Manual  so  that  the  Sub-Committee  on  Religious  Education 
be  made  the  Committee  on  Christian  Education  was  heard 
and  adopted. 

The  second  reading  of  the  Manual  change  for  the  method 
of  the  election  of  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly 
was  lost.  A  motion  was  made  that  the  Council  of  Presbytery 
study  the  matter  of  the  method  of  electing  commissioners 
to  the  General  Assembly  and  that  they  recommend  a  plan. 

Prayer  for  the  Sick — Presbytery  was  led  in  prayer  by  Rev. 
Harold  Hayward  for  the  sick  members  and  their  loved  ones. 

Report  of  the  Committee  on  "Forward  with  Christ" — A  re- 
port of  the  Committee  on  the  'Torward  with  Christ"  move- 
ment was  presented  and  received  as  information. 

Next  Meeting — Presbytery  accepted  the  invitation  of  the 
First  Presbyterian  Church,  Monroe,  to  meet  with  them  at 
the  Spring  Meeting,  April  12,  1955. 

Invitations  Accepted — Presbytery  accepted  the  invitation 
of  the  Religious  Education  Committee  to  meet  on  the  grounds 
of  Camp  Stewart  in  July.  Presbytery  also  accepted  the  invita- 
tion of  the  Sugaw  Creek  Church  to  meet  with  them  in  the  Fall. 

Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr  led  the  closing  prayer  and  Presbytery 
adjourned  to  meet  April  12,  1955,  9  a.m.  at  the  Monroe  First 
Church  for  its  next  Stated  Session. 

Russell  M.  Kerr,  Moderator 
F.  C.  Debele,  Stated  Clerk 
R.  W.  Rayburn,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


32  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 

The  Two  Hundred  Eighth 

Stated  Session  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery 

First  Presbyterian  Church 
Monroe,  N.  C. 
April  12,  1955 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundred 
Eighth  Stated  Session  in  the  First  Presbyterian  Church, 
Monroe,  N.  C,  at  9  a.m.  on  the  above  date. 

The  Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr,  the  Moderator,  presided  and 
led  the  opening  worship,  assisted  by  the  Rev.  H.  D.  Hay- 
ward.  The  sermon  on  "Sonship"  was  based  on  text  in  Ephes- 
ians  1:5.  The  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper  was  celebrated 
under  the  leadership  of  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce  and  Rev.  David 
Wilkinson  assisted  by  the  elders  of  the  churches  of  Presbytery. 

The  following  Memorial  to  Rev.  T.  H.  Mitchell,  prepared 
by  the  Rev.  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  was  read  by  the  Rev.  Fred 
Debele,  Jr.,  and  adopted. 

Thomas  Harvel  Mitchell  was  born  in  Boston,  Kentucky,  on  July  14, 
1889.  He  and  his  sister  Lily  were  educated  at  home  by  their  school- 
teacher parents,  Joel  Tunstall  Mitchell  and  Mary  Mitchell.  As  the  fa- 
ther moved  about  the  home  missions  of  the  Presbyterian  Church,  U.  S., 
Thomas  acquired  his  secondary  schooling  in  various  academies  and 
boarding  schools.  He  attended  Missouri  State  Normal,  Westminster  Col- 
lege, Fulton,  Mo.,  and  obtained  his  A.B.  degree  from  Maryville  Col- 
lege at  Maryville,  Tennessee,  in  1915,  having  taught  school  for  a  num- 
ber of  years  to  obtain  money  to  finish  his  education. 

Tom  served  in  France  during  World  War  I,  and  after  returning 
home  he  spent  most  of  his  time  for  the  next  few  years  in  Veterans 
hospitals. 

In  1922  he  entered  Princeton  Seminary  from  which  he  graduated 
in  1925.  In  May  1924  he  was  married  to  Esther  Mary  Kell,  whom 
he  had  known  since  Maryville  days.  He  was  ordained  in  1927  by  Con- 
cord Presbytery  as  an  evangelist.  He  served  in  the  Presbyterian  Church, 
U.  S.,  until  1931  when  he  received  a  call  to  Mineral  Ridge,  Ohio,  in  the 
Presbyterian  Church,  U.  S.  A.  In  1936  at  the  time  of  the  conflict  in 
the  Northern  Church  he  withdrew  and  became  a  minister  in  the  Orthodox 
Presbyterian  Church,   serving  the   church   in   Youngstown,   Ohio. 


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In  1938  he  returned  to  North  Carolina  and  served  a  field  in  Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery,  consisting  of  Bethlehem,  Peachland  and  Polkton. 

He  became  connected  with  the  N.  C.  State  Board  of  Health  in  1942 
and  served  in  a  supervisory  capacity  in  the  offices  in  Raleigh  until 
his  death,  December  8,  1954. 

He  and  Mrs.  Mitchell  have  tv^^o  sons,  John,  dean  of  boys  in  the 
Durham  City  High  School,  and  Robert,  an  assistant  editor  on  the 
"Raleigh  Times." 

Mr.  Mitchell  v^^as  a  very  thorough,  painstaking  man,  endeavoring  to 
do  a  good  job  with  any  task  assigned  to  him.  He  was  a  tireless  worker, 
and  was  always  zealous  that  truth  be  kept  from  error.  With  his 
passing  the  Presbyterian  Church  has  lost  a  staunch  friend. 

The  history  of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church  of  Monroe 
was  read  by  Mrs.  William  J.  Brewer  and  was  adopted. 

HISTORY  OF  THE  FIRST  PRESBYTERIAN  CHURCH 

OF 
MONROE,   NORTH   CAROLINA 

The  early  History  of  Presbyterianism  in  Monroe  is  incomplete,  as 
no  permanent  records  can  be  found.  It  is  knovm  that  somewhere  be- 
tween 1850-1855  a  Presbyterian  Church  was  organized  in  Monroe  with 
12  members  and  that  D.  F.  Hardin,  Aaron  Stegall,  F.  C.  Williams  and 
Mr.  Alexander  were  elected  Elders.  A  short  time  before  this  church  was 
organized  a  new  county  called  Union  County  was  formed  from  parts  of 
Mecklenburg  and  Anson,  with  Monroe  as  the  county  seat.  The  Monroe 
church  being  organized  in  a  new  town  was  for  some  reason  permitted 
to  die.  And  for  20  years  or  more  there  was  no  Presbyterian  Church  in 
Monroe,  and  only  one  small  country  church  in  the  county.  During  this 
period  came  the  War  between  the  States  when  the  South  was  almost 
depleted  of  men  and  many  of  our  college  boys  and  older  school  boys 
were  called  to  the  colors,  and  following  the  war  it  endured  the  humili- 
ating and  harassing  days  of  reconstruction.  During  these  dark  days  it 
really  seemed  that  if  there  ever  was  an  opportunity  for  Presbyterianism 
in   Union   County  that  day  had  passed. 

The  field  appeared  to  be  thoroughly  occupied  with  other  denomina- 
tions. But  the  growth  of  Monroe,  the  building  of  new  railways,  the 
springing  up  of  new  towns  along  these  lines,  the  incoming  of  Presby- 
terians seeking  business  and  homes,  ushered  in  a  brighter  day  for 
a  church  here. 

Mr.  Legette  Blythe  in  his  book,  "William  Henry  Belk — Merchant  of 
the  South"  says  Mr.  Belk  as  a  child  attended  Old  Tirzah  A.  R.  P. 
Church,  near  the  Belk  home. 

A  dispute  arose  in  the  church,  cause  unknown.  The  pastor.  Dr. 
Robinson,  decided  the  thing  to  do  was  to  turn  over  to  the  regular  Presby- 
terian Church,  and  about  two-thirds  of  the  members  were  in  accord  with 
the  pastor.  So  Old  Tirzah  became  a  Presbyterian  Church  and  Mrs. 
Belk,  mother  of  W,  H.  Belk,  was  very  happy. 

There  was  not  a  Presbyterian  Church  in  Union  County  when  the 
Belk  family  moved  to  Monroe.  There  were  a  few  Presbyterians  in 
Monroe    at   that   time.     Mr.    Belk's    mother,    Mrs.    Sarah    Walkup    Belk 


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Simpson,  started  a  Sunday  School  with  the  help  of  Dr.  Daniel  A.  Penick, 
and  later  a  church  was  organized  with  17  members. 

With  a  view  of  reorganizing  a  Presbyterian  Church  in  Monroe, 
occasional  preaching  services  were  held  during  the  years  1870-1873, 
by  Dr.  Daniel  A.  Penick  of  Rocky  River  Presbyterian  Church  of  the 
Concord  Presbytery,  Rev.  W.  M.  McDonald  of  Philadelphia  Church, 
and  Rev.  R.  Z.  Johnson  of  Providence  Presbyterian  Church. 

In  early  of  1873  the  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  appointed  the  Rev.  S. 
C.  Alexander  to  organize  a  church  in  Monroe.  The  Church  was  organized 
September  26,  1873,  and  today  our  church  is  the  oldest  church  organized 
by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery;  not  the  first,  but  oldest,  as  the  first  church 
organized  is  not  now  in   existence. 

The  Rev.  S.  C.  Alexander  was  engaged  for  one-fourth  of  his  time. 
Col.  Samuel  H.  Walkup,  and  W.  M.  H.  Fitzgerald,  were  elected  Elders 
and  they  with  11  other  members  were  not  slow  in  securing  a  house 
for  worship.  The  Methodist  Episcopal  Church  offered  to  sell  their  build- 
ing, a  small  one-room  house  located  on  the  present  site,  for  a  sum  of 
$1,300.00.  The  Elders,  with  a  few  other  members,  gave  their  individual 
note  for  the  property.  When  the  note  became  due  these  individuals  with 
a  little  help  from  Presbytery  paid  off  the  note  and  had  the  property 
conveyed  to  themselves.  It  was  almost  two  years  later  before  the  title 
was  formally  made  to  the  trustees  of  the  church. 

Where  the  Presbyterians  held  services  and  Sunday  School  before 
they  purchased  the  little  church  from  the  Methodists  is  a  supposition. 
Likely  in  the  homes,  too  they  might  have  gone  to  Tirzah  or  Old 
Union.  Miss  Minnie  Simpson,  one  of  our  oldest  members,  says  the  oldest 
Presbyterian  Church  in  Union  County  was  the  Old  Union  Presbyterian 
Church,  and  was  located  not  far  from  Bethlehem  Presbyterian  Church 
on  the  Concord  highway.  Miss  Minnie's  father  attended  Old  Union 
Church  when  he  was  a  boy,  and  he  was  born  in  1809. 

Bethlehem  is  a  granddaughter  of  Old  Union,  a  few  generations  re- 
moved. As  an  indication  of  the  terrible  struggle  this  new  church  had 
to  undergo  it  is  necessary  to  show  its  growth  under  its  different  pastors 
for  its  25  years  of  existence.  During  the  administration  of  its  first 
pastor,  the  Rev.  S.  C.  Alexander,  from  1873-1877,  the  membership  was 
increased  from  13  to  36.  Some  of  the  members  were  Mr.  W.  H.  Fitz- 
gerald, Mr.  and  Mrs.  W.  H.  Trott,  Mr.  W.  H.  Simpson,  Mrs.  Lucinda 
Simpson,  Mr.  Samuel  H.  Walkup,  Mrs.  Sarah  N.  Simpson,  Mrs.  Isa- 
bella Austin,  Mrs.  Cynthia  McLellan,  Mrs.  J.  F.  Hilton,  Mr.  Jasper 
Swann,  Mr.  John  R.  Simpson,  Mr.  Enoch  Yandle,  Mr.  James  F.  Austin, 
and  Miss  Sallie  Simpson.  Eleven  of  these  came  from  other  Presbyterian 
Churches  and  were  received  by  certificate  and  five  on  profession  of 
faith.  In  January  1875  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  paid  to  the  Committee 
the  sum  of  $800.00,  and  the  title  was  formally  made  on  the  30th  of 
January  to  the  trustees  of  the  Presbyterian  Church. 

The  Rev.  R.  A.  Miller  who  was  compelled  to  resign  on  account  of 
ill  health  after  serving  the  church  seven  years,  from  1877-1884,  received 
into  the  church  64  communicants,  but  due  to  removal  by  dismissal  and 
death  the  membership  of  the  church  was  not  greatly  increased. 

The  Rev.  P.  R.  Law  was  next  called  and  served  until  the  latter 
part  of  1887.  Thirty-four  were  received  into  the  church  during  his  pas- 
torate. During  this  pastorate  the  frame  manse  was  built  which  burned 
while  the  Rev.  D.  P.  McGeachy  was  pastor  of  the  church.  The  Rev. 
C.  W.  Robinson  entered  upon  the  work  as  pastor  ealy  in  the  year  1888 


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and  continued  until  June  1890,  when  he  was  called  to  another  field. 
Thirty-eight  members  were  received  during  his  pastorate.  The  church 
was  without  a  pastor  from  June  1890-1891,  when  the  Rev.  H.  M.  Dixon 
was  called  from  evangelistic  work  in  Charleston  Presbytery  to  this  his 
first  pastoral  work.  He  entered  upon  the  work  in  May  1891  and  continued 
through  1902.  During  his  ministry  112  members  were  added,  but  the 
church  during  his  administration,  as  well  as  those  who  preceded  him, 
lost  heavily  through  death  and  dismissal,  and  the  report  sent  to  Presby- 
tery for  that  year  showed  only  86  members  living  within  its  bounds. 

About  this  period  in  our  church  history  the  South  was  fast  returning 
to  normal.  Progress  was  showing  on  every  hand.  Its  merchants  and 
business  enterprises  were  able  to  accumulate  surpluses  and  especially 
was  this  true  in  this  section.  This  being  true,  Mr.  Dixon,  with  his 
Session  and  Board  of  Deacons,  began  laying  plans  for  the  erection  of  a 
new  church  building.  The  following  members  were  appointed  as  the 
Building  Committee  of  the  new  church:  R.  A.  Morrow,  chairman;  Dr. 
J.  M.  Belk,  treasurer;  S.  0.  Blair,  secretary;  W.  A.  Lane,  C.  H.  Polly, 
S.  B.  Hart,  G.  W.  Van  Pelt,  and  Rev.  H.  M  Dixon  Today  this  church 
stands  as  a  memorial  of  the  planning  and  untiring  efforts  of  Rev.  H. 
M.  Dixon,  his  official  boards,  and  the  membership  of  96  loyal  workers. 

The  history  would  not  be  complete  if  it  were  not  made  known  that 
the  beautiful  chandeliers  in  the  building  were  gifts  of  a  faithful  and 
devoted  woman  of  the  church,  Mrs.  Ellen  Elizabeth  Fitzgerald,  at  a  cost 
of  $500.00.  Her  name  is  commemorated  today  by  the  beautiful  hospital 
of  our  city,  which  bears  her  name.  Rev.  H.  M.  Dixon  was  succeeded 
by  Rev.  George  H.  Atkinson,  who  served  the  church  for  five  years,  1903- 
1909.  All  bear  witness  to  his  fidelity,  his  energy,  and  his  enterprise, 
for  it  was  during  his  ministry  that  the  debt  of  the  new  church  was  paid 
off  and  the  building  dedicated  to  the  glory  of  God,  April  8,  1906. 

Rev.  George  F.  Roberson  supplied  for  about  a  year  when  Rev.  R.  F. 
Kirkpatrick  was  called.  He  served  about  two  years,  1910-1912.  Much 
construction  work  was  done  during  his  ministry.  The  church  is  indebted 
to  his  energy  and  enthusiasm  for  the  pipe  organ,  which  was  installed 
during  his  administration.  He  was  called  to  the  Second  Presbyterian 
Church   of   Memphis,    Tenn.,   the  part    of    1912.     He    was    suc- 

ceeded by  Dr.  H.  E.  Gurney  who  was  faithful  to  every  phase  of  the  work. 
He  served  the  church  11  years,  1912-1923.  Rev.  W.  B.  S.  Chandler  was 
called  in  the  early  part  of  the  year  1923.  The  church  can  point  with 
pride  to  his  splendid  record.  The  first  four  years  showed  an  increase 
in  membership  of  154,  and  other  years  showed  substantial  gains.  Our 
Sunday  School  Building  stands  as  a  memorial  to  the  planning  of  Rev. 
Chandler  and  his  faithful  and  loyal  Building  Committee.  In  the  fall  of 
1932  Mr.  Chandler  was  stricken  with  paralysis  and  was  not  able  to 
carry  on  his  work.  He  resigned  his  pastorate  April  1,  1933.  As  a 
tribute  to  his  faithful  service,  he  was  voted  an  honoraium  of  $100.00 
per  month  for  one  year. 

He  was  succeeded  by  Rev.  D.  P.  McGeachy.  The  congregation  con- 
tinued to  grow  in  numbers,  and  we  trust  in  the  warm  and  glowing  graces 
of  our  Lord  and  Saviour,  Jesus  Christ.  The  new  brick  manse  was  built 
during  Rev.  McGeachy's  pastorate.  The  debt  on  the  Educational  building- 
was  paid  during  this  pastorate  also.  Rev.  McGeachy  was  called  to 
Peace  Memorial  Presbyterian  in  Clearwater,  Fla.,  March  1943,  thereby 
leaving  the  church  without  a  pastor  until  September  1943.  When  Rev. 
Robert  Turner  was  called.  The  congregation  continued  to  grow  during 
the  short  pastorate  of  this  loyal  and  faithful  servant  of  God.    An  out- 


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standing  feature  of  his  administration  was  the  adoption  of  the  Rotary 
System  of  election  of  Deacons.  Another  feature  was  the  morale  of 
soldiers  at  Camp  Sutton,  and  entertainment  of  the  soldiers  in  out 
recreation  center. 

The  Rev.  Robert  Turner  resigned  to  accept  work  as  Secretary  of 
Concord  Presbytery  and  left  January  1,  1945. 

His  successor,  Dr.  R.  F.  Whitley,  entered  upon  his  work  as  pastor, 
June  1,  1945.  Perhaps  the  most  outstanding  feature  of  the  present 
pastorate  is  the  emphasis  placed  upon  the  young  people.  Five  groups 
meet  each  Sunday  evening  with  a  combined  enrollment  of  eighty-six  and 
an  average  of  twelve  adult  workers.  These  young  people  are  attending 
church  services  in  large  numbers.  Special  series  of  sermons  are 
preached  to  them  each  February,  special  groups  invited,  and  the  church 
has  a  period  of  fellowship  for  them.  The  regular  church  attendance  has 
increased  during  the  present  pastorate,  one-third  in  the  morning  service, 
and  has  more  than  doubled  in  the  evening  services. 

The  physical  improvements  of  the  Sunday  School  have  been  out- 
standing. The  top  floor  of  the  education  building  has  been  done  over, 
the  whole  building  has  been  redecorated,  and  $5,000.00  spent  in  one  year 
on  the  kitchen,  and  the  establishing  of  a  nursery. 

The  budget  has  been  increased  from  $12,000.00  in  1945  to  over 
$24,000.00  in  the  past  year.  The  report  this  year  will  total  over  $30,- 
000.00,   expended   to   all   causes. 

A  building  fund  has  been  established  and  over  $26,000.00  has  been 
saved  up  in  the  regular  budget. 

The  church  has  received  into  its  membership  during  the  present 
pastorate  389  new  members.  This  is  a  net  increase  of  135.  We  had 
416  members  in   1945   and   have   at  present  551. 

The  Sunday  School  is  under  capable  and  faithful  leadership  and 
teachers.  The  completion  of  the  new  Sunday  School  building  in  1931 
has  enabled  us  to  do  departmental  work.  It  has  increased  social  activities 
of  the  church. 

Highlights  for  1953-54 

Our  church  has  been  blessed  materially  and  spiritually  during  these 
two  years.  The  average  attendance  at  the  services  has  been  more  than 
in  the  previous  year.  The  sanctuary  was  outgrown,  which  necessitated 
the  complete  renovation  of  the  Annex.  The  Board  of  Deacons  with  some 
friends  purchased  pews,  refinished  them,  and  installed  them  for  addi- 
tional seating  space.  They  painted  the  Annex  and  put  down  a  new 
carpet.  They  paid  for  this  work  outside  the  church  budget  at  a  cost  of 
$1,500.00.  A  public  address  system  was  then  installed  to  insure  every- 
one hearing   distinctly. 

During  the  past  two  years  91  members  have  been  received  into  the 
church,  34  on  profession  of  faith,  and  half  of  these  have  been  grown 
people  and  heads   of  families. 

THE  SUNDAY  SCHOOL  is  bursting  at  the  seams.  It  needs  more 
class  room  space  now.  The  enrollment  reached  an  all-time  high  during 
the  year,  450.  The  building  was  painted  and  the  equipment  was  brought 
up  to  date.   The  Sunday  School  expended  $2,400.00  during  the  past  year. 

THE  WOMEN  OF  THE  CHURCH  had  their  best  report  yet  during 
the  past  year.  Most  of  their  $2,300.00  of  contributions  went  to  benevo- 
lences.   Over  and  above  their  regular  budget  they  established  scholar- 


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ships  for  our  two  ministerial  students  now  in  college,  furnished  a  double 
room  at  Presbyterian  Home  in  High  Point,  and  contributed  about  $500 
to  local  congregational  benevolences. 

THE  YOUNG  PEOPLE  have  five  groups  meeting  now  in  expanded 
sessions  in  the  evening.  Their  evening  enrollment  is  about  90  and 
have  an  average  attendance  of  about  70.  The  Senior  Girls  have  formed 
a  Vesper  Choir  and  sing  for  the  evening  services  where  the  congregation 
is  made  up  of  more  than  half  with  young  people.  Five  ministers  have 
gone  out  from  these  groups  in  the  past  ten  years. 

THE  FINANCES  of  the  church  are  in  excellent  condition.  The 
budget  last  year  was  $24,000.00.  It  contributed  $34,040.00.  Benevolences 
got  $11,009.  The  building  fund  amounts  now  to  $56,000.00  at  maturity. 
The  budget  for  1955  has  been  subscribed.  The  people  are  generous  and 
are  responding  magnificently  to  the  future   needs   of  the  work. 

As  to  the  past,  we  can  say  "Truly  the  Lord  hath  done  great  things 
for  us,  wherefore  we  are  glad."  As  to  the  future,  it  is  our  prayer  that 
we  continue,  to  devote  our  resources,  and  to  proceed  unafraid,  and  to 
make   Christ  and  His   Church   first. 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled  dur- 
ing the  meeting: 

Ministers— J.  W.  Grier,  W.  H.  Johnston,  B.  F.  Yandell,  A.  T.  Taylor, 
M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B.  Neill,  C.  D.  Whiteley,  R.  A.  Young,  D.  K.  Sny- 
der, W.  T.  Smith,  R.  H.  Stone,  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  C.  G.  McClure,  S.  M. 
Inman,  J.  O.  Mann,  F.  C.  Pratt,  W.  M.  Walsh,  F.  S.  Johnston,  A.  L. 
Thompson,  R.  F.  Whitley,  W.  L.  Hall,  T.  W.  MacLean,  J.  A.  Carriker, 
H.  S.  Robinson,  S.  M.  Hutchison,  C.  H.  Rowan,  R.  C.  Long,  J.  C.  Law- 
rence, H.  G.  Bedinger,  C.  S.  Miller,  Watt  M.  Cooper,  H.  D.  Hayward, 
G.  Dana  Waters,  W.  J.  Huneycutt,  S.  H.  Zealy,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  D.  E. 
Wilkinson,  E.  B.  Cooper,  Ira  H.  Rawles,  L.  I.  Stell,  M.  G.  Lyerly,  R.  W. 
Rayburn,  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce  R.  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  McLean, 
J.  B.  Reaves,  G.  A.  Fletcher,  R.  G.  Laurens,  S.  W.  Yandle,  J.  E.  Way- 
land,  Jr.,  Kirk  N.  Nesbit,  B.  F.  Ferguson,  J.  R.  Crook,  Crawford  A. 
White,  J.  S.  Garner,  H.  S.  Schum,  S  W.  Hogue,  C.  Don  Coffey,  I.  Howard 
Chadwick,  Robert  Turner,  W.  S.  Boyce,  Dwight  L.  Barker,  Richard  V. 
Colen,  M.  Bland  Dudley,  F.  C.  Holder,  W.  F.   Mitchell,  W.   T.   Taylor, 

D.  C.  Caldwell,  Hugh  M.  Jefferson,  Malcolm  R.  Williamson,  E.  Lee 
Stoffel— 72. 

Ruling  Elders — J.  0.  Helms,  Altan;  Fred  Sigmon,  Amity;  Louis  H. 
Meacham,  Avondale;  J.  E.  White,  Banks;  Eugene  Secrest,  Benton 
Heights;  Wilson  Knox,  Bethel;  C.  S.  Smart,  Sr.,  Bethlehem;  E.  H. 
Webb,  Beulah;  J.  Edgar  Manese,  Biscoe;  R.  V.  Mason,  Caldwell  Me- 
morial; D.  E.  Phillips,  Camden;  Hewitt  Haney,  Cameronian;  J.  H.  Yan- 
dle, Camp  Greene;  MacDuffie  Clark,  Candor;  S.  C.  Capps,  Central  Steele 
Creek;  J.  N.  Stribling,  Charlotte  First;  Earl  B.  Clanton,  Clanton  Me- 
morial; W.  W.  McClure,  Cook's  Memorial;   H.  Harold  Thompson,  John 

E.  McCochren,  Covenant;  John  A.  Carriker,  Jr.,  Eastminster;  T.  A. 
Hender,  Ellerbe  First;  E.  L.  Blackwelder,  Forest  Hills;  S.  B.  McGuert, 
Hamlet  First;  C.  R.  McAuley,  Hoperwell;  J.  Boyd  Monteith,  Hunters- 
ville;  W.  J.  Lee,  Indian  Hill;  E.  J.  Stinson,  Indian  Trail;  Joe  Clontz, 
Locust;  Walter  Allred,  Macedonia;  W.  S.  Benfield,  Mallard  Creek;  J.  W. 
McLauchlin,  Mark's  Creek;  0.  L.  Efird,  Marshville;  W.  W.  Conder,  Sr., 
Matthews;  L.  C.  Reemer,  Jr.,  McGee;  J.  T.  McCaskill,  McLean  Memorial; 


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J.  E.  Reid,  Jr.,  McQuay  Memorial;  B.  J.  Whitener,  Monroe  First;  V.  L. 
Wall,  Morven;  Harold  McFayden,  Mt.  Carmel;  Frank  M.  Nash,  Mt. 
Gilead;  Harrill  L.  Neal,  Mulberry;  John  A.  Tate,  Jr.,  Myers  Park;  Fred 
A.  Cochrane,  Newell;  W.  H.  Henderson,  North  Charlotte;  F.  O.  Wentz, 
Norwood;  E.  O.  Ross,  Oakboro;  Virgil  E.  Bratton,  Park  Avenue;  P.  W. 
Davenport,  Paw  Creek;  Ned  E.  Dorton,  Philadelphia;  J.  M.  Shinn,  Plaza; 
P.  J.  Turner,  Pleasant  Hill;  L.  M.  Rea,  Providence;  H.  P.  Shaw,  Ramah; 
William  N.  Lambert,  Ridgecrest;  A.  M.  Stafford,  Robinson;  J.  W. 
Craig,  Jr.,  St.  Andrews;  W.  C.  Howie,  Sardis;  D.  J.  Sullivan,  Sharon; 
Page  Price,  Siler;  K.  W.  Wiggins,  Smallwood;  Leonard  G.  Query,  South 
Park;  L.  G.  Price,  Steele  Creek;  B.  F.  Kimbrell,  Stephenson;  George 
L.  Bickett,  Sugaw  Creek;  T.  W.  Stinson,  Jr.,  Sunset  Hills;  H.  J.  Auten, 
Tenth  Avenue;  H.  P.  Cathey,  Thomasboro;  Harold  K.  Couch,  Trinity; 
George  W.  McManus,  Turner;  J.  B.  Wall,  Wadesboro;  E.  T.  McCain, 
Walkersville;  J.  W.  McCall,  Waxhaw;  C.  G.  Sellers,  Westminster; 
James  A.  Beard,  Williams  Memorial;   H.  F.  Porter,  Wilmore — 76. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  were 
introduced. 

The  following  ministers  were  introduced  to  the  Presbytery 
and  invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren:  Rev.  James  Doom,  Pee 
Dee  Presbytery;  Rev.  T.  Duke  Williams,  Birmingham  Pres- 
bytery;  Rev.  William  E.  Lytch,   Concord  Presbytery. 

The  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller,  Moderator-in-Nomination,  was 
elected  Moderator.  A  motion  was  made  recording  a  vote  of 
commendation  to  our  retiring  moderator  for  the  excellent 
manner  in  which  he  presided  and  guided  the  Presbtery 
through  the  difficult  winter  meeting. 

Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements — The  follow- 
ing Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements  was  read 
and   adopted : 

Your  Committee  on  Arrangements  recommends  that  the  Presbytery 
adopt  the  printed  Docket  with  the  following  modifications: 

1.  That  the  Presbytery  hear  a  report  from  the  Bi-Centennial  Com- 
mittee as  the  second  order  after  lunch, 

2.  That  the  Presbytery  hear  an  address  on  the  Men's  Convention 
by  Mr.  George  Stovall  the  third  order  after  lunch. 

3.  That  Presbytery  recess  for  lunch  at  12:30  p.m.  and  reconvene 
at  1:30  p.m. 

Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley,  Chmn. 
Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr 
Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr. 

DOCKET 

1.    Opening  Exercises — Retiring  Moderator's  Sermon — Rev.  Russell  M. 
Kerr. 


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2.  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's   Supper. 

3.  Memorials— Rev.  T.  H.   Mitchell  by  the  Rev.   Q.  N.  Huneycutt. 

4.  History  of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church  of   Monroe — Rev.   R.   F. 

Whitley. 

5.  Enrollment:  Members  of  Presbytery,  Visiting  Brethren,  Introduction 

of  Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time. 

6.  Election  of  Moderator — Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller,  Nominee. 

7.  Report  of  the   Committee   on  Arrangements — Rev.   R.   F.   Whitley. 

8.  Appointment  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills   and   Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Synod's   Minutes. 

9.  Communications. 

10.    Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  R.  C.  Long. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 

il.    Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

12.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

13.  Report  of  Executive  and  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Committee  on  Church  Extension — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward. 

2.  Presbytery's  Council — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce. 

3.  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — Rev.   G.  Dana  Waters. 

4.  Subcommittee  on  Woman's  Work — Rerv.  R.  W.  Rayburn. 

14.  Report  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Synod's  Minutes. 

15.  Unfinished  Business. 

16.  New  Business. 

17.  Place  of  Next  Meeting. 

18.  Nomination  of  Moderator.    (First  Order  after  lunch.) 

19.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

20.  Adjournment. 

Appointment    of    Standing    Committees — The    Moderator 
appointed    the    following    Standing    Committees: 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures:    Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr,  Chairman;  Rev.  R.  G. 
Laurens,  Harold  Couch,  and  John  Carriker. 

2.  Installations:    Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall,  Chairman;  Rev.  Ben  Moore, 
C.  G.  Sellers,  and  G.  J.  Whitener. 

3.  Judicial   Business:    Rev.   John   W.    Grier,    Chairman;    Rev.    D.    E. 
Wilkinson,  Wilson   Knox,   and  J.    M.   Shinn. 

4.  Resolutions:    Rev.  Wylie  Hogue,   Chairman;   Rev.   Geo.   Fletcher, 
J.  N.  Stribling,  and  H.  P.  Cathey. 


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5.  Synod's  Minutes:  Rev.  W.  T.  Smith,  Chairman;  Rev.  Dwight 
Barker,  G.  L.  Bickett  and  W.  D.  McClure. 

Communications  —  The  following  Communications  were 
read  and  disposed  of  as  indicated. 

1.  From  the  following  Ministers  requesting  excuse  for  absence 
from  this  meeting  of  Presbytery:  Rev.  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  Rev.  James 
A.  Jones,  Rev.  Wm.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  Rev.  Sam.  Glasgow,  Rev.  C.  E.  S. 
Kraemer,  Rev.  Robert  Boyd,  and  Rev.  W.  S.  Boyce  for  the  afternoon 
session.    The  requests  were  granted. 

2.  From  the  Clerk  of  Session,  Star  Church  requesting  permission  to 
be  excused  from  sending  representation  to  this  meeting  of  Presbytery. 
Request  granted. 

3.  From  the  Sessions  of  nine  churches  requesting  Presbytery  to 
overture  the  General  Assembly  to  discontinue  the  Committee  on  Co- 
operation and  Union.  The  requests  were  committed  to  the  Committee 
on  Bills  and  Overtures. 

4.  From  the  Session  of  the  Sharon  Church  inviting  Presbytery  to 
meet  with  them  for  the  Winter  meeting,  1956.    Invitation  was  accepted. 

5.  From  the  Westminister  Church  requesting  a  change  in  salary 
for  the  pastor  from  $6,600  to  $6,900,  and  from  the  Stephenson  Church 
requesting  a  change  in  the  terms  of  their  call  from  $400  to  $500  an- 
nually.   The  requests  were  granted. 

6.  From  Rev.  David  Wilkinson  concerning  the  Seventh  Annual 
Institute  on  Christian  Family  Living  sponsored  by  the  Inter-Group 
Work  Committee,  Women  of  the  Church,  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  to 
be  held  at  the  Oaklawn  Negro  Community  Center,  May  5,  1955.  Also 
stating  that  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Gene  Rucker  of  Davidson  College  are  looking 
for  employment  this  summer  in  some  church  field.  These  were  received 
as  information. 

7.  From  the  Chairman  and  Secretary  of  the  Association  of  D.  C.  E.'s 
of  North  Carolina  reporting  unanimous  support  for  the  proposed  change 
in  the  Book  of  Church  Order  relative  to  certification  of  Directors  of 
Christian    Education.     These   were    received    as    information. 

8.  From  the  Commission  of  the  Minister  and  His  Work  requesting 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  overture  the  General  Assembly  to  direct 
the  Board  of  Annuities  and  Relief  to  arrange  payment  to  all  members 
who  have  retired  under  the  compulsory  clause  even  though  they  may 
be  employed  by  churches  or  others,  and  that  payments  to  the  Fund 
shall  not  be  expected  on  salary  paid  or  received  after  retirement  under 
the  compulsory  clause.  The  request  was  committed  to  the  Committee 
on  Bills  and  Overtures. 

9.  From  the  Rev.  James  A.  Jones  requesting  Presbytery  to  dissolve 
the  pastoral  relationship  between  himself  and  the  Myers  Park  Church 
as  of  May  1,  1955,  and  stating  that  for  the  time  being  he  wished 
to  remain  a  member  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery.  On  hearing  from  an 
Elder  representative  from  the  Myers  Park  Church  stating  that  the 
congregation  concurred  in  Dr.  Jones  request,  the  request  was  granted. 

A  motion  was  adopted  asking  the  Rev.  Sam  Inman  to  write 
on  behalf  of  Presbytery  expressing  its  appreciation  to  Dr. 
Jones  for  his  fine  leadership  and  service  at  the  Myers  Park 


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Church  and  to  urge  him  to  retain  his  membership  in  the 
Presbytery. 

Report  of  the  Commission  on  Minister  and  His  Work — The 

following  report  of  the  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His 
Work  was  read  and  admitted  to  the  record: 

Your  Commission  has  transacted  the  following  business  since  the  last 
meeting  of  Presbytery: 

1.  Dissolved  relationships: 

Between  the  Troy  Church  and  Rev.  Robt.  G.  Balnicky. 
Between  the  Belk  Church  and  Rev.  Vance  Baucom. 

2.  Dismissed  the  following: 

Rev.  Robert  G.  Balnicky  to  Pee  Dee  Presbytery. 

Rev.  Vance  Baucom  to  Fayetteville  Presbytery. 

Mr.  George  H.  V.  Hunter  to  Fayetteville  Presbytery  (candidate). 

Mr.  Robert  Lee  McComb  to  Albemarle  Presbytery  (candidate). 

Mr.  Thomas  Little  to  Potomac  Presbytery  (candidate). 

Mr.  James  H.  Monroe  to  Winston-Salem  Presbytery  (candidate). 

3.  Approval  for  calls: 

Mr.  W.  N.  Clark  for  Mt.  Gilead  Church. 
Mr.  W.  D.  Lively  for  Brainerd  Church. 
Rev.  T.  Duke  Williams  for  Camp  Green  Church. 
Rev.  Fred  McAlister,  Jr.,  for  Waxhaw  Church. 
Mr.  Edward  A.  McLeod  for  Morven  and  Camden  Churches. 
Rev.  W.  E.  Lytch  for  Newell  Church. 

Rev.   Cecil  Lawrence  for  Assistant  Pastor   Myers   Park   Church. 

Rev.  Roswell  Long  Chmn. 

Report  of  Other  Commissions — ^^The  following  Commissions 
appointed  by  Presbytery  made  their  reports  which  were  ad- 
mitted to  the  record. 

1.    To  Install  the  Rev.  Malcolm  R.  Williamson. 

The  Commission  of  Presbytery  appointed  to  install  the  Rev.  Malcolm 
R.  Williamson  as  pastor  of  the  Tenth  Avenue  Church  met  in  the  office 
of  the  pastor  of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church  in  Charlotte  at  6:45 
p.m.,   Sunday  night,  January  30,   1955. 

All  the  members  of  the  commission  were  present,  to  wit:  Rev.  Ro- 
bert P.  Turner,  Dr.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  Mr.  B.  S.  Gray,  Mr.  David  Kim- 
brell,  and  Dr.  Roy  E.  Hoke. 

Rev.  Turner  presided  and  Dr.  Roy  E.  Hoke  was  elected  clerk.  The 
meeting  opened  with  prayer.  Each  member  present  was  briefed  as 
to  his  part  in  the  service.  The  Commission  then  repaired  to  the  sanctu- 
ary of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church  for  the  installation  service.  Due 
to  the  fact  that  the  sancuary  of  the  Tenth  Avenue  Church  had  been 
destroyed  by  fire  a  week  earlier,  the  kind  offer  of  the  First  Church  to 
use  their  sanctuary  for  the  installation  of  Rev.  Williamson  had  been 
accepted  by  his  congregation. 

The  service  began  at  7  p.m.  The  Rev.  Turner  led  in  the  prayer  of 
invocation   and   the   Lord   Prayer.    He   also   read   the   scripture   lesson. 


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The  sermon — "The  Church  of  God" — was  delivered  by  Dr.  Lawrence.  The 
constitutional  questions  to  the  congregation  and  pastor  were  propounded 
by  Dr.  Hoke.  After  all  the  questions  had  been  answered  in  the  affirm- 
ative, Rev.  Turner  made  the  declaration  of  installation.  The  charge 
to  the  pastor  was  given  by  Mr.  B.  S.  Gray;  the  charge  to  the  congrega- 
tion was  delivered  by  Mr.  David  Kimbrell.  Rev.  Turner  offered  the  instal- 
lation prayer.  The  pastor,  Rev.  Malcolm  R.  Williamson,  pronounced  the 
benediction. 

At  the  close  of  the  service  a  large  congregation  came  forward  to 
greet  the  new  pastor,  his  wife  and  children,  and  all  the  members 
of  the  Commission. 

After  the  close  of  the  service,  the  commission  retired  to  the  office 
of  the  pastor  of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church  in  the  old  Manse.  The 
minutes  of  the  meeting  were  read  and  approved.  Dr.  Lawrence  led  in 
prayer  as  the  Commission  adjourned. 

(Signed)    Rev.  Roy  E.  Hoke,  Secretary 

2.    To  Install  the  Rev.  E.  L.  Stoffel. 

The  Commission  appointed  by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  install  Dr. 
E.  L.  Stoffel  as  pastor  of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church  of  Charlotte, 
N.  C,  met  in  the  church  parlors  at  6:30  on  January  23,  1955. 

Ruling  Elder,  Thomas  Sparrow,  of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church, 
presided.  Present  were  the  entire  membership  of  the  Commission  as 
appointed  by  Presbytery:  Ruling  Elders  Sparrow  and  W.  E.  Price,  Revs. 
James  A.  Jones,  Warner  L.  Hall,  Watt  Cooper  and  Lawrence  Stell. 

After  the  prayer  by  Dr.  J.  A.  Jones,  the  Commission  elected  Dr. 
Sparrow  moderator  of  the  Commission  and  Dr.  Lawrence  Stell  as  clerk 
of  the  Commission.  The  parts  of  the  installation  were  assigned.  The 
Commission  took  recess  to  the  sanctuary  of  the  First  Presbyterian 
Church  for  the  worship  service  and  for  the  actual  installation.  Dur- 
ing that  service,  Dr.  Tom  Sparrow  presided.  Mr.  W.  E.  Price  led  in 
prayer.  The  scripture  and  sermon  were  delivered  by  Dr.  Lawrence 
Stell  on  the  theme,  "The  Man  and  His  Message."  The  constitutional 
questions  and  declaration  of  installation  were  given  by  Dr.  Sparrow.  Dr. 
Warner  Hall  charged  the  congregation  and  delivered  the  installation 
prayer.   Dr.  Stoffel  concluded  the  service  with  the  benediction. 

Following  the  service,  the  Commission  met  and  approved  the  min- 
utes of  the  commission.  The  transactions  of  the  Commission  were 
concluded  with  prayer  by  Dr.  J.  A.  Jones. 

(Signed)     Lawrence  I.   Stell,  Clerk 

Report  of  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — The 

Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  made  the  following  re- 
port which  was  adopted. 

Your  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  wishes  to  report  that 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery  now  has  46  candidates  under  her  care  preparing 
for  the  Gospel  Ministry.  Twenty-one  are  in  college,  18  in  seminary, 
three  in  service,  and  four  in  an  inactive   status. 

The  grades  and  comments  from  the  colleges  and  seminaries  in  which 
these  men  are  studying  have  been  exceptionally  good  during  the  past 
school  year.  With  few  exceptions  all  have  written  an  annual  report  to 
the  Committee  telling  of  their  school  and  field  work  experiences. 


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We  would  again  emphasize  to  each  minister  and  elder  the  need  for 
constantly  challenging  our  youth  with  the  call  to  the  Gospel  ministry 
and  to  Christian  lay-service! 

The  following  men  have  transferred  their  candidacy  from  Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery: 

Robert  Lee  Combs — to  Albemarle  Presbytery. 

George  H.  V.  Hunter — to  Fayertteville  Presbytery. 

Thomas  Allen  Little,  Jr. — to  Potomac  Presbytery. 

The  committee  presents  the  following  men  who  are  asking  to  be  re- 
ceived as  candidates  for  the  ministry  under  care  of  Mecklenburg  Pres- 
bytery : 

1.  Mr.  Samuel  Monroe  Busch,  a  member  of  the  Pageland  Presby- 
terian Church.  He  is  a  business  man,  has  attended  the  University  of 
South  Carolina  and  is  presently  attending  Union  Theological  Seminary. 
He  is  married  and  has  one  child. 

2.  Mr.  John  Weaver  Campbell,  a  member  of  the  Caldwell  Memorial 
Presbyterian  Church.  He  is  a  student  at  Charlotte  College  and  plans 
to  take  his  theological  training  at  Union  Seminary. 

3.  Mr.  William  Barney  Huntley,  a  member  of  the  Westminster 
Presbyterian  Church.  He  graduates  from  Duke  University  this  spring 
and  plans  to  enter  the  service  of  our  country  and  then  to  seminary. 

4.  Mr.  Frank  Blair  Turner,  a  member  of  the  Trinity  Presbyterian 
Church.  He  is  a  student  at  Queens  College  and  plans  on  taking  his 
theological  work  at  Union   Seminary. 

5.  Mr.  Donald  Reid  Wilson,  is  a  member  of  the  Plaza  Presbyterian 
Church.  He  is  graduating  from  Central  High  School  this  spring  and 
will  enter  college  this  fall. 

Your  Committee  recommends  that  these  men  be  examined  for  enroll- 
ment as  candidates  for  the  Gospel  ministry. 

With  regards  to  Mr.  Busch,  we  recommend  that  he  be  received  as 
a  candidate  for  the  ministry  under  the  extraordinary  case  clause  and 
that  he  be  admitted  to  Union  Seminary  as  a  special  student  to  take 
at  least  two  years  of  study  there.  We  further  recommend  that  in  the 
light  of  some  preparation  toward  his  college  degree,  he  seek  out  ways 
and  means  whereby  he  can,  during  the  summers  while  at  seminary, 
complete  his  college  work — probably  at  the  University  of  Richmond — 
and  that,  if  it  is  possible  for  him  to  complete  his  college  work  that 
he  take  the  full  three  years  of  seminary  work  leading  to  his  divinity 
degree. 

The  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  would  also  present: 

Mr.  W.  N.  Clark,  Mr.  Leighton  S.  Ford,  Mr.  William  D.  Lively,  Mr. 
Joe  S.  McClure  and  Mr.  Edward  A.  McLeod. 

Mr.  W.  N.  Clark  graduates  from  Union  Seminary  this  spring  and 
comes  to  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  by  transfer  of  his  candidacy  from 
Albemarle  Presbytery.  His  thesis:  "The  Meaning  of  Joy"  and  his  exe- 
gesis on  Romans  5:12-14  have  both  been  found  to  be  well  presented. 

Mr.  Clark  has  been  called  to  the   Mt.   Gilead  Presbyterian   Church. 

Mr.  William  D.  Lively  has  completed  two  years  of  study  at  Union 
Seminary  as  a  special  student  under  the  extraordinary  case  clause  and 
comes  to  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  by  transfer  of  his  candidacy  from 
Bluestone  Presbytery.    His  thesis  on  "The  Free  Will  of  Man"  has  been 


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reviewed  and  is  well  thought  out.  Being  a  special  student,  the  exegesis 
is  not  required. 

Mr.  Lively  has  been  called  to  the  Brainard  Presbyterian  Church. 

Mr.  Joe  Stuart  McClure  graduates  from  Union  Seminary  this  spring. 
His  parts  for  trial  have  all  been  found  well  prepared  and  interestingly 
presented.  His  thesis  is  on  "The  Roll  of  Agape  in  the  Ministry  of 
Christ;"  his  exegesis  is  on  Romans  5:12-14. 

Mr.  McClure  has  been  called  to  the  Huntersville  Presbyterian  Church. 

Mr.  Edward  Armand  McLeod  graduates  from  Union  Seminary  this 
spring  and  comes  to  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  by  transfer  of  candidacy 
from  Fayetteville  Presbytery.  His  thesis  on  "Saving  Faith"  and  his 
exegesis  on  the  Romans  5:12-14  passage  are  of  good  content  and  well 
presented. 

Mr.  McLeod  has  been  called  to  the  Morven  and  Camden  Presbyter- 
ian Churches. 

Mr.  Leighton  S.  Fard  graduates  from  Columbia  Seminary  this  spring 
and  comes  to  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  as  a  candidate  for  the  ministry 
by  transfer  from  the  Canadian  Presbyterian  Church. 

His  thesis  on  "The  Testimony  of  Luke's  Gospel  to  the  Divinity  of 
Christ"  and  his  exegesis  of  Philippians  2:25-30  are  both  splendidly 
prepared  and  presented.  His  sermon  "The  Work  of  the  Holy  Spirit" 
is  from  Acts  I,  2:1-11. 

Mr.  Ford  is  seeking  ordination  as  an  evangelist  at  this  meeting 
of  Presbytery  in  order  that  he  may  join  the  Billy  Graham  team  in 
Scotland  immediately. 

Your  Committee  presents  the  following  recommendations: 

1.  That  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  proceed  to  the  examination  of  these 
men  for  licensure  and  that  Mr.  Leighton  S.  Ford  be  ordained  as  an 
evangelist. 

2.  That  the  rules  of  Presbytery  be  set  aside  relative  to  the  preach- 
ing of  a  sermon  by  each  of  the  candidates  at  the  time  of  their  exami- 
nation for  licensure  and  that  candidates  W.  N.  Clark,  W.  D.  Lively,  J. 
S.  McClure  and  E.  A.  McLeod  preach  their  sermons  at  the  time  of  their 
ordination  before  the  respective  commissions  of  Presbytery. 

3.  That  Presbytery  hear  the  sermon  of  Candidate  Leighton  S.  Ford 
as  a  part  of  trial  for  his  ordination. 

G.  Dana  Waters,  Chmn. 

Committee   on   Ministerial   Education 

Ministers  Received  —  The  following  ministers  seeking 
membership  in  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  presented  certificates 
of  transfer :  Rev.  James  L.  Doom  of  Pee  Dee  Presbytery ;  Rev. 
T.  Duke  Williams,  of  Birmingham  Presbytery;  Rev.  William 
E.  Lytch  of  Concord  Presbytery.  Their  certificates  of  transfer 
were  found  in  order  and  the  Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine 
the  ministers  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Book 
of  Church  Order.  The  examination  was  approved  as  satis- 
factory and  they  were  enrolled  upon  the  signing  of  the  Cove- 
nant. 


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A  call  for  the  services  of  Rev.  James  L.  Doom  from  the 
First  Presbyterian  Church,  Hamlet,  was  placed  in  his  hands 
and  accepted  by  him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  to  install 
him.    (See  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Installations.) 

A  call  for  the  services  of  the  Rev.  T.  Duke  Williams  from 
the  Camp  Green  Church  was  placed  in  his  hands  and  was 
accepted  by  him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  to  install  him 
also.    (See  Report  of  Committee  on  Installation.) 

A  call  for  the  services  of  the  Rev.  William  E.  Lytch  from 
the  Newell  Church  was  placed  in  his  hands  and  accepted  by 
him.  A  Commission  was  also  appointed  to  install  him.  (See 
Report  of  Committee  on  Installations.) 

Candidates  Received — The  Committee  on  Ministerial  Edu- 
cation presented  the  following  young  men  who  are  seeking 
to  be  taken  under  the  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  as 
Candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry:  Mr.  Samuel  Monroe 
Busch,  of  the  Pageland,  S.  C,  Church;  Mr.  John  Weaver 
Campbell,  of  the  Caldwell  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church; 
Mr.  William  Barney  Huntley,  of  the  Westminster  Church; 
Mr.  Frank  Blair  Turner,  of  the  Trinity  Church ;  and  Mr.  Don- 
ald Reid  Wilson,  of  the  Plaza  Presbyterian  Church.  Upon 
the  recommendation  of  the  Committee  the  Presbytery  pro- 
ceeded to  their  examination  in  accordance  with  the  provisions 
of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The  examination  was  approved 
as  satisfactory  and  they  were  received  under  the  care  of  the 
Presbytery  as  Candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry. 

The  Rev.  Howard  E.  Chadwick,  gave  the  charge  to  the 
Candidates.    The  Moderator  led  in  the  prayer  of  dedication. 

Candidates  Examined  for  Licensure  and  Ordination — The 

Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  presented  the  following 
Candidates  for  Licensure  and  Ordination:  Mr.  W.  N.  Clark, 
Jr.,  who  was  received  into  the  Presbytery  as  a  Candidate  for 
the  Gospel  Ministry  from  Albemarle  Presbytery;  Mr.  Leigh- 
ton  S.  Ford,  Presbytery  of  Chatham,  Chatham  Presbyterian 
Church  in  Canada;  Mr.  Edward  A.  McLeod,  received  as  a 
Candidate  from  Fayetteville  Presbytery;  Mr.  Joe  S.  McClure, 
and  Mr.  William  D.  Lively,  a  Candidate  transferred  from  Blue- 
stone  Presbytery.  On  motion  of  the  Chairman  of  Ministerial 
Education,  the  candidates  were  then  examined  in  accordance 
with  the  Book  of  Church  Order. 

Recess  for  Lunch — The  hour  arriving  set  for  lunch,  Pres- 


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bytery  was  led  in  prayer  by  Rev.  W.  M.  Walsh  and  recessed 
at  12:30  p.m.  until  1:30  p.m. 

AFTERNOON  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  at  1:30  and  after  the  singing  of  a 
hymn  and  a  prayer  led  by  the  Rev.  Tom  McLean,  a  motion 
was  made  rescinding  the  action  on  the  order  of  business 
after  lunch  in  regard  to  the  order  of  the  day  after  lunch 
to  permit  the  hearing  of  the  sermon  of  Mr.  Leighton  S.  Ford 
as  a  part  of  his  trial  for  ordination. 

Moderator  Nominated  —  The  Rev.  Shelton  M.  Hutchison 

was  elected  as  Moderator-in-Nomination  for  the  summer  ses- 
sion of  Presbytery.  The  Rev.  Leslie  Thompson  made  a  report 
of  the  Bi-centennial  Committee  for  the  celebration  of  Presby- 
terianism  in  Mecklenburg  to  be  held  June  14,  15,  16th.  The 
report  was  received  as  information. 

Mr.  George  Stovall,  President  of  the  Men  of  Presbytery, 
reported  on  the  coming  meeting  of  the  Men  of  the  Synod, 
to  be  held  June  10,  11,  12th  at  Davidson  College. 

The  Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall  spoke  on  behalf  of  the  Board  of 
Church  Extension,  Division  of  Negro  Work,  urging  payment 
of  pledges  made  by  churches  to  the  Negro  Work  campaign 
in  order  that  the  challenge  fund  might  be  claimed  by  the 
specified  time. 

Examination  Continued — ^The  examination  of  the  Candi- 
dates for  Licensure  and  Ordination  was  resumed  after  Lunch. 
The  motion  was  made  that  the  examination  of  the  candidates 
thus  far  be  sustained.  The  motion  then  prevailed  that  the 
rules  of  the  Presbytery  be  set  aside  in  the  case  of  the  men 
other  than  Mr.  Ford  and  that  they  be  allowed  to  preach  their 
trial  sermons  at  the  time  of  their  ordination  and  installation 
before  the  respective  commissions  appointed. 

A  motion  was  made  that  Presbytery  proceed  to  the  licen- 
sure and  ordination  of  Mr.  Ford,  and  that  his  trial  for  licen- 
sure be  accepted  in  lieu  of  the  trial  for  ordination.  The 
Moderator  then  propounded  the  constitutional  questions  in 
accordance  with  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  After  the  laying 
on  of  hands  by  members  of  Presbytery,  the  prayer  of  ordina- 
tion was  led  by  the  Rev.  Dwight  L.  Barker.  The  Moderator 
then  declared  that  Mr.  Leighton  S.  Ford  was  duly  ordained 
as  an  Evangelist. 


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A  motion  was  made  that  the  Committee  on  Ministerial 
Education  bring  in  a  recommendation  concerning  the  hearing 
of  candidates'  sermons.  It  was  also  ordered  by  Presbytery 
that  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  study  the  mat- 
ter of  the  examination  of  Candidates  for  licensure  and  ordi- 
nation with  reference  to  reducing  the  amount  of  time  required. 

Petition  for  Church  on  South  Tryon  Presented — A  petition 
containing  100  or  more  names  for  the  organization  of  a  church 
on  South  Tryon  was  presented.  A  motion  was  then  made 
to  appoint  a  Commission  to  organize  a  church  on  South 
Tryon.  The  Moderator  then  appointed  the  following  to  serve 
as  a  Commission  to  organize  a  church  at  South  Tryon  on  the 
Sunday  following  occupancy:  Dr.  Cecil  Lawrence,  Chairman; 
Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Mr.  W.  E.  Price,  Mr. 
C.  M.  Hassell,  Mr.  Jones  Pharr,  and  Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier. 

Report  of  Church  Extension  Committee — The  report  of 
Committee  on  Church  Extension  consisted  of  four  parts,  con- 
sisting of  the  reports  and  recommendations  of  its  four  sub- 
committees, viz.  Christian  relations.  Evangelism,  Radio  and 
TV,  and  Home  Missions.    The  report  was  adopted. 

REPORT  OF  THE  SUB-COMMITTEE  ON 
CHRISTIAN  RELATIONS 

This  sub-committee  consists  of  two  members  without  a 
chairman,  the  former  chairman  having  removed  from  the 
bounds  of  Presbytery.  The  following  provisional  report  is 
presented,  herewith,  to  the  larger  committee  of  which  we 
are  a  part. 

Futhermore,  in  connection  with  the  recommendations  of 
this  report  adopted  by  Synod  your  sub-committee  makes  its 
own  recommendations  to  Presbytery: 

1.  That  Synod's  Committee's  recommendation  number  two  be  fol- 
lowed: namely,  that  at  some  meeting  of  Presbytery  this  year  thirty 
minutes  be  set  aside  for  a  discussion  of  the  alcohol  question  at  the  level 
of  our  local  churches  and,  in  addition,  that  Rev.  Sam  Inman  be  invited 
to  lead  the  discussion.  Your  Committee  suggests  the  summer  meeting 
of  Presbytery  as  appropriate. 

2.  That  Synod's  Committee's  recommendation  number  four  be  fol- 
lowed; namely,  that  our  directors  of  summer  camps  at  Camp  Stewart 
be  requested  to  give  to  the  campers  a  briefing  on  the  alcohol  question 
during  the  course  of  instruction  at  the   Camp  this   summer. 


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REPORT  OF  THE 
SUB-COMMITTEE  ON  EVANGELISM 

During  1954  your  Sub-Committee  on  Evangelism  has  been  ready 
to  help  churches  in  need  of  evangelistic  preachers.  Members  of  our 
committee  have  personally  conducted  a  number  of  meetings  and  have 
been   given  the   privilege   of   counseling  with   pastors. 

We  followed  your  suggestion  for  an  exchange  of  pulpits  in  the 
counties  outside  Mecklenburg  County.  The  majority  of  the  ministers 
did  not  approve  of  the  plan.  Our  plans  for  a  Presbytery-wide  con- 
ference on  Evangelism  were  merged  with  those  of  the  Synod's  Com- 
mittee on  Evangelism  which  culminated  in  the  regional  conference 
held  in  the  Myers   Park  Church.    We   promoted  this  widely. 

For  the  evangelistic  exchange  and  for  future  evangelistic  meetings 
we  have  carried  in  the  Presbytery's  office  the  supplies  needed. 

We   recommend: 

1.  That  the  churches  which  have  had  special  services  follow  them 
up  with  a  continuous   program  of  evangelism. 

2.  That  each  church  which  has  not  had  an  evangelistic  meeting  plan 
for  one;  that  thorough  spiritual  preparation  be  made  for  it  and  that  a 
minister  who  can  best  lead  people  to  the  Saviour  be  secured. 

3.  That  all  churches  not  now  enrolled  in  the  "Forward  with  Christ" 
program  consider  making  it  one  of  major  emphasis  in  the  life  and 
work  of  the  Church. 

REPORT  OF  THE 
SUB-COMMITTEE  ON  RADIO  AND  TV 

In  the  interest  of  the  promotion  of  the  "Forward  with  Christ"  pro- 
gram, this  committee  worked  in  cooperation  with  the  Sub-Committee 
on  Home  Missions  in  arranging  weekly  broadcasts  of  Presbyterian 
messages  over  radio  station  WSOC  in  Charlotte  and  over  the  stations 
in  Albemarle,  Rockingham,  Wadesboro  and  Monroe.  There  was  com- 
plete coverage. 

REPORT  OF  THE 
SUB-COMMITTEE   ON    HOME   MISSIONS 

Your  Sub-Committee  on  Home  Missions  respectfully  submits  the 
following  report  for  the  year  1954.  Under  the  blessing  of  God  there 
was  progress:  of  the  414  people  received  into  the  churches,  to  which 
a  salary  supplement  is  made,  133  came  by  profession  of  faith  and  281 
came  by  certificate  or  reaffirmation.  The  W.  H.  Belk  Church  and  the 
Forest  Hill  Church  were  organized.  The  sanctuary  at  the  W.  H.  Belk 
Church  was  completed.  We  made  a  contribution  to  the  W.  H.  Belk 
Manse,  which  was  also  completed.  Because  of  the  phenomenal  growth 
in  the  Sunday  School  there  an  adjoining  house  was  purchased  for  use 
of  Religious  Education. 

Aid  was  given  to  the  Camden  Church  to  add  to  the  usefulness  of 
their  church,  to  the  McQuay  Church  to  construct  a  manse,  to  the  Turner 
Church  to  build  a  manse,  helped  make  a  down  payment  for  the  new 
location  for  the  Brainerd  Church,  to  the  North  Charlotte  Church  to  as- 
sist in  their  manse  payments. 


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We  are  grateful  for  the  support  of  the  churches.  Our  income  from 
benevolences  was  $55,962.32,  or  practically  70%  of  the  amount  for 
which  we  were  in  the  budget.  The  Erdman  Love  Chapel  property  was 
sold  for  $7,000. 

Your  Committee  financed  the  work  of  the  Minister  to  the  Hospitals, 
shared  part  of  the  cost  of  printing  The  Mecklenburg  Presbyterian,  raised 
a  Vacation  Fund  of  $729.50;   $42,867.00  was  expended  for  salaries. 

We  are  pleased  to  report  that  as  of  January  1,  1955,  the  following 
churches  came  to  full  self-support:  McQuay  Memorial,  Rev.  M.  Bland 
Dudley,  pastor;  Locust-Indian  Hill  Presbyterian  Churches,  Rev.  Craw- 
ford White,  pastor;  and  the  Biscoe-Star  group,  of  which  Rev.  F.  C. 
Wilkinson  is  pastor. 

During  the  year  there  was  in  the  Church  and  Manse  Building  Fund 
$6,874.37,  of  which  $4,362.99  was  disbursed  as  follows:  The  W.  H.  Belk 
Church,  $300.00;  The  W.  H.  Belk  Manse,  $1,355.33;  The  McQuay  Me- 
morial Manse,  $1,275.83.  The  remainder  is  being  held  for  the  Forest 
Hill  Church  and  manse.  A  study  of  the  financial  report  will  reveal 
other  activities  of  Kingdom  progress  in  which  we  have  been  engaged. 

New  fields  of  opportunity  have  been  surveyed  and  construction  was 
begun  on  the  church  for  Negroes  at  2516  South  Tryon  Street.  Your 
Committee  as  a  whole  and  in  special  committees  renders  aid  and 
counsel  to  officers,  pastors  and  lay  workers  of  our  constituent  churches. 
We  anticipate  the  petition  for  organization  of  the  church  within  the 
immediate  future. 

Through  you  we  covet  and  ask  for  the  prayers  and  continued  sup- 
port of  the  individuals  and  churches  of  the  Presbytery  as  we  face  golden 
and  ever-increasing  opportunities  for  extending  the  Church  of  Jesus 
Christ. 

The  Home  Mission  Committee  would  make  the  following 
recommendations. 

1.  That  the  trustees  of  the  Presbytery  be  authorized  to  convey  to 
the  trustees  of  the  Star  Presbyterian  Church,  Star,  N.  C,  our  property 
on  which  the  Star  Presbyterian  Church  is  built,  said  property  being 
registered  in  Book  104  of  Deeds,  on  page  80  in  the  office  of  the  Register 
of  Deeds  of  Montgomery  County. 

(Signed)    H.  D.  Hayward,  Chmn. 

In  answer  to  the  proposed  campaign  goal  of  $400,000  for 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery  in  a  Synod  wide  campaign  for  Church 
Extension,  a  motion  was  made  asking  Synod's  Committee  on 
Church  Extension  to  present  a  campaign  for  funds  for  spe- 
cific amounts  for  specific  projects.  The  motion  also  conveyed 
the  sincere  desire  to  express  to  Synod  the  Presbytery's  con- 
tinued interest  in  this  matter. 

Presbytery's  Council — The  report  of  Presbytery's  Council 
was  made  and  adopted  with  recommendations  as  follows: 

1.    That   Presbytery   meet   on    September   20    instead    of   the    usual 


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October  date.  We  further  recommend  that  the  manual  be  changed  to 
make  the  date  of  the  fall  meeting  of  Presbytery  the  third  Tuesday  of 
September  instead   of  the  third  Tuesday   of   October. 

2.  That  the  audit  of  all  funds  handled  by  Presbytery's  office  be 
approved. 

Report  of  Sub-Committee  on  Woman's  Work — The  Rev. 
Robert  W.  Rayburn  presented  Mrs.  R.  A.  Willis,  Jr.,  2nd 
Vice  President  of  the  Women  of  Presbytery,  who  made  the 
report  for  Mrs.  Boyce  Hunter,  President  of  the  Women  of  the 
Presbytery.  The  report  was  received  as  information  and  the 
women  commended  for  their  service  in  the  Church. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Bills  and  Overtures — The  Com- 
mittee on  Bills  and  Overtures  recommended  the  adoption  of 
an  overture  presented  by  the  Commission  on  the  Minister 
and  His  work  to  the  General  Assembly  relative  to  the  work 
of  our  Board  of  Annuities  and  Rehef.  The  recommendation 
was  adopted. 

The  request  of  nine  churches  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery 
asking  the  General  Assembly  to  discontinue  the  Committee 
on  Co-operation  and  Union  was  answered  in  the  negative.  The     ^ 
recommendation  of  the  Committee  on  Bills  and  Overtures  was    j 
sustained  by  Presbytery. 

Committee  on  Installations — The  report  of  the  Committee 
on  Installations  was  made  by  Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall  and  was 
adopted. 

1.  Commission   to   install   Rev.   James    L.    Doom    as   pastor    of   the 
First  Presbyterian  Church,  Hamlet,  N.  C,  on  Sunday,  May  8,  at  8  p.m.     ■ 
To    preside    and    propound    the    constitutional    questions,    Elder    J.    B.     ■ 
Kuykendall,  Jr.;  to  preach  the  sermon,  Dr.  Warner  L.  Hall;  to  charge  the 
pastor,  Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson;  to  charge  the  congregation,  Rev.   C.   S. 
Miller;  to  complete  the  commission.  Elder  Jim   Shinn. 

2.  To  install  Rev.  W.  E.  Lytch  as  pastor  of  the  Newell  Church  May 
1,  1955  at  7:30  p.m.  Rev.  Robert  Turner  to  preside  and  preach;  Rev. 
Fred  Holder  to  charge  the  congregation;  Dr.  W.  M.  Walsh  to  charge  the 
pastor,  Mr.  Wm.  C.  Howie,  Elder  of  Sardis  Church.  Alternates,  Rev. 
Sterwart   Yandle,   and   Elder   Reid   Abernathy. 

3.  To  install  the  Rev.  T.  Duke  Williams  as  pastor  of  the  Camp  Green 
Church,  April  24,  1955  at  7:30  p.m.  To  preside,  Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long; 
to  preach,  Rev.  H.  V.  Carson;  to  charge  the  pastor.  Rev.  S.  M.  Hutch- 
ison; to  charge  the  people,  Elder  Paul  Ranson. 

4.  To  ordain  and  install  Mr.  William  N.  Clark,  Jr.,  at  the  Mt. 
Gilead  Church,  July  3,  8:00  p.m.  To  preach  the  sermon  and  to  preside, 
Rev.  R.  H.  Stone;  to  propound  the  constitutional  questions,  Rev.  Wm. 
E.  Lytch;  to  charge  the  congregation.  Rev.  Stewart  Yandle;  to  charge 
the  pastor,  Elder  F.  M.  Nash.    Alternate,  Rev.  R.  G.  Laurens. 


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5.  To  ordain  and  to  install  Mr.  W.  D.  Lively  in  the  Brainerd  Church, 
June  26,  1955,  at  7:30  p.m.  To  preside,  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone;  to  preach 
the  sermon,  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller;  to  charge  the  pastor,  Rev.  Dwight 
Barker;  to  charge  the  congregation,  Mr.  Thomas  Wilson;  to  complete 
the  Commission,   Mr.   Marvin  McGill. 

6.  To  ordain  and  to  install  Mr.  Edward  A.  McLeod  at  the  Morven 
and  Camden  Churches,  July  24,  1955  at  3  and  8  p.m.,  respectively. 
Ministers:  Rev.  W.  M.  Walsh,  Rev.  Richard  G.  Laurens,  Rev.  R.  H. 
Stone,  and  Rev.  W.  N.  Clark.  Elders:  Messrs.  W.  E.  Price  and  Rufus 
Grier. 

7.  To  ordain  and  to  install  Mr.  Joe  S.  McClure  at  the  Huntersville 
Church,  July  3rd,  8  p.m.  Ministers:  Revs.  Robt.  W.  Rayburn,  J.  W. 
Grier,  and  Fred  Holder;  Alternate  Clifford  Caldwell.  Elders:  J.  T. 
McClure,  R.  L.  Willis;  Alternate,  Crosby  A.  Dunn. 

A  motion  was  made  setting  the  quorum  of  the  Commis- 
sions for  Installation  at  two  ministers  and  one  Elder. 

Committee  on  Resolutions — The  report  of  the  Resolutions 
Committee  was  read  and  adopted. 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery  meeting  in  its  208th  Stated  Session  at 
First  Church,  Monroe,  Tuesday,  April  12,  1955,  expresses  its  gratitude 
to  the  host  pastor,  the  Reverend  Dr.  Roy  F.  Whitley,  the  church  staff, 
especially  Mrs.  Walter  A.  Henderson,  church  secretary,  the  officers,  and 
to  the  congregation  for  their  gracious  invitation  and  for  the  very  fine 
way  in  which  they  provided  for  our  every  need. 

Presbytery  also  wishes  to  thank  Mrs.  Robert  Iceman  and  Mrs. 
Wm.  J.  Brewer  for  leading  us  in  worship  in  music.  Also,  we  would 
thank  Mrs.  Brewer  for  her  expressive  reading  of  the  interesting  and 
well  written  history  of  the  church. 

We  would  commend  the  leadership  of  the  church  for  the  position 
which  it  holds  and  exercises  in  the  community,  for  the  vitality  of  its 
program,  for  the  alert  intelligence  which  is  evident  in  the  way  in  which 
the  work  of  the  Church  of  Jesus  Christ  is  done  in  this  place. 

We  are  grateful  to  Mrs.  Clegg  Sell,  president  of  the  Women  of  the 
Church,  and  her  committee  for  a  delicious  lunch,  graciously  and  beau- 
tifully served. 

We  thank  the  people  as  a  whole  for  the  hospitable  way  in  which 
we  were  received,  for  the  "pauses  that  refreshed,"  for  the  courteous 
way  in  which  they  placed  at  our  disposal  their  buildings,  grounds  and 
themselves.    We  appreciate  this  service  of  love  to  Presbytery. 

This  committee  wishes  Presbytery  to  note  that  since  lunch  was 
served  in  the  basement  of  the  church  school  building  we  should,  by  a 
rising  vote,  express  our  indebtedness  to  the  church  that,  before  our 
visit,  the  leaks  were  fixed. 

Presbytery  requests  the  pastor  to  pass  these  sentiments  on  to  his 
people. 

Presbytery  hereby  expresses  its  gratitude  to  God  for  the  quality  of 
character  of  young  manhood  now  entering  the  Gospel  ministry  of  the 
Lord  Jesus  Christ  evidenced  in  the  candidates  received  under  our  care 


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this  day  and  those  examined  with  view  to  their  licensure  and  ordination. 

J.  N.  Stribling 

Geo.  A.  Fletcher 

H.  P.  Cathey 

S.  Wylie  Hogue,  Jr.,  Chmn. 

Committee  on  Synod's  Minutes — The  Committee  appointed 
on  Synod's  Minutes  made  a  verbal  report  which  was  received 
as  information. 

A  letter  from  the  Board  of  Annuities  and  Relief  contain- 
ing pertinent  facts  and  information  was  read  by  Rev.  R.  A. 
Young.  Rev.  Lawrence  I.  Stell  reported  that  a  number  of 
churches  had  not  as  yet  been  enrolled  in  the  'Torward  with 
Christ"  Program.  Those  not  having  done  so  were  urged 
to  do  so. 

Proposed  Amendments  to  the  Book  of  Church  Order — The 

Presbytery  approved  the  following  amendments  to  the  Book 
of  Church  Order:  Amendment  to  Paragraph  126,  Paragraph 
232,  Paragraph  147,  and  Amendment  to  become  Paragraph 
145A.  The  Amendment  to  become  a  new  Chapter  on  the 
Book  of  Church  Order  on  the  Certification  of  Directors  of 
Christian  Education  was  defeated. 

Place  of  Next  Meeting — The  place  of  the  next  meeting  of 
Presbytery  is  Camp  Stewart,  July  19th. 

The  Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted  as  amended. 

Presbytery  adjourned  with  prayer  led  by  the  Moderator 
to  meet  9  a.m.  July  19,  at  Camp  Stewart,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Rev.  C.  S.  Miller,  Moderator 

Fred  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 
Robert  W.  Rayburn,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


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INDEX 


Page 
Adjournment     31,  52 

Afternoon     Sessions     19,  46 

Amendments  to  the  Book  of 

Church   Order    52 

Arrangements     16,  17,  38 

Calls   to   Churches    44,  45 

Candidates 

Examined  for  Licensure    45,  46 

Examined  and  Received   45 

Transferred    41 

Commissioners  to  the  General 

Assembly    Elected    20,21 

Commissions    Reporting 

Minister    and    His    Work 22,23,41 

To   Install   Ministers    ...23,41,42,43,44 

Committees    Appointed 

Special  Committees    31 

Standing  Committees    20,  39 

Committees   Reporting 

Committee  on   Ministerial 

Education     42,  43,  44 

Committee  on   Church 

Extension     47,  48,  49 

Committee  on   Nominations    30 

Committee  on  Installations.  ..  .20,  50,  51 
Committee   on    Presbytery's 

Records      30 

Committee  on  Synod's  Minutes 52 

Committee  on   Resolutions    30,51 

Committee   on    Sessional   Records....    21 

Committee  on   Woman's    Work 50 

Committee   on   Christian   Education..   29 

Committee   on    Assembly's    Work 29 

Committee  on  Bills  and  Overtures..  50 
Committee  on  Church  Union.  .18,  19,  20 
Presbytery's    Council    29,  49 

Communications      21,  40 

Communion    Service    32 

Directory      3,  4,  5 

Docket     17,38,39 


Page 
Docket  Schedule    2 

History   of    Church, 

Monroe    First     33,34,35,36,37 

Invitations    Accepted    31 

Manual   Changes 

Introduced    49,  50 

Adopted     31 

Memorials 

Ernest    Leland    Flanagan 13,14,15 

Thomas    Harvel    Mitchell 32,33 

Ministers 

Excused     21,  40 

Received    18,  44 

Transferred      22,  41 

Minutes   Adopted    31,  52 

Moderator 

Elected     16.  38 

Nominated      20,  46 

Next  Meeting    31,52 

Opening    Exercises     13,  32 

Pastoral    Relationship 

Dissolved      20,  22,  40,  41 

Petition  to  Organize  Church 

on    South   Tryon    Street    47 

Presbytery    Meetings     Back  Page 

Recess      19,  45 

Roll   Call    15,  16,  37,  38 

Roll    of    Churches 7,8,9,10,11,12 

Roll  of  Ministers 6 

Ruling    Elders    Introduced 16,  38 

Special   Addresses    46 

Statistical   Report   to   the 

General   Assembly    30 

Treasurers'    Reports    ...  24,  25,  26,  27,  28,  29 

Visiting   Brethren    16,  ^8 


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209th  Stated  Meeting 

Camp  Stewart,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

July  19,  1955 


210th  Stated  Session 

Sugaw  Creek  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

September  20,  1955 


Next  Stated  Session 

Sharon  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  17,  1956 


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PRESBYTERY 

Volume  I  Number  3 


209th  Stated  Meeting 

Camp  Stewart,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

July  19,  1955 


210th  Stated  Session 

Sugaw  Creek  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

September  20,  1955 


Next  Stated  Session 

Sharon  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  17,  1956 


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DOCKET  SCHEDULE 


WINTER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Records  of  Presbytery 

(c)  Education 

(d)  Assembly's  Work 

(e)  Ministerial  Education 

(f)  Christian  Education 
Election  of  Commissioners  to 

General  Assembly 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SPRING  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Church  Extension 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Presbytery's  Council 

(d)  Sessional  Records 

(e)  Synod's  Minutes 
Reports  of  Treasurers  and 

Trustees 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SUMMER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Records  of  Presbytery 

(d)  Nominations 

New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


FALL  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Assembly's  Minutes 

(d)  Homes 

New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


The  Stated  Session  of  Presbytery  convenes  at  9 : 00  A.  M. 
the  third  Tuesday  in  each  quarter. 


on 


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DIRECTORY 


OFFICERS  OF  THE  PRESBYTERY 

Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison,  Moderator  of  Summer  Meeting 
Elder  Legette  Blythe,  Moderator  of  Fall  Meeting 
Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  State  Clerk  (1958) 
Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  Permanent  Clerk  (1957) 
Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk  (1956) 
Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Executive  Secretary  (1956) 


TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected  for  Four  Years: 

1956— Mr.  George  S.  Crouch,  Mr.  H.  W.  Moore,  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall 
1959— Rev.  J.  A.  Jones,  Mr.  I.  W.  Stewart,  Charlotte 

Presbytery — 

1956— Mr.  W.  H.  Abernathy,  Charlotte 
1957— Mr.  Thomas  C.  Ruff,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
1958 — Mr.  John  S.  Cansler,  Chairman 


COMMISSIONS 

The  Minister  and  His  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson 

1956— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Mr.  A,  R.  Shaw 

1957 — Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston,  Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Mr.  R.  L.  Puckett 

1958— Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson,  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper,  Mr.  C.  A.  Hunter 


COMMITTEES 

Assembly's  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson 

Sub  Committee  on  World  Missions 

1956— Rev.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

1957 — Mr.  J.  W.  McLaney,  Chairman 

1958— Rev.  F.  C.  Pratt 

Sub  Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief 

1956 — Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  Chairman 

1957— Mr.  Geogrey  Sutcliffe 

1958 — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

Sub  Committee  on  Woman's  Work 

1956— Mr.  J.  W.  Russell 

1957— Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison 

1958 — Rev.  G.  A.  Fletcher 

Sub  Committee  on  Assembly's  Special  Causes 

1956 — Rev.  J.  S.  Garner,  Chairman 

1957— Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson 

1958— Mr.  T.  M.  Barnhardt 


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Church  Extension: 

Chairman — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 

Sub  Committee  on  Christian  Relations 

1956 — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 

1957 — Mr.  Legette  Blythe,  Chairman 

1958— Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan 

Sub  Committee  on  Evangelism 

1956 — Rev.  J.  L.  Doom 

1957 — Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Chairman,  Mr.  McAlister  Carson 

1958— Rev.  H.  M.  Jefferson,  Mr.  T.  M.  Glasgow 

Sub  Committee  on  Radio 

1956 — Mr.  Paul  B.  Marion,  Chairman 

1957— Rev.  T.  W.  MacLean 

1958— Rev.  M.  B.  Dudley 

Sub  Committee  on  Home  Missions 

1956 — Rev.  I.  H.  Chadwick;  Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier,  Chairman; 

Rev.  H.  S.  Schum;  Mrs.  C.  W.  Tillett 
1957 — Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Mr.  Irwin  Belk,  Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence 
1958— Rev.  E.  L.  StoflFel,  Mr.  W.  E.  Price,  Mr.  Beaumert  Whitton 


Education:  -  ^ 

Chairman — Rev.  L.  I.  Stell 

Sub  Committee  on  Education  Institutions 

1956 — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

1957— Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley,  Chairman;  Mr.  W.  H.  Earnhardt 

1958— Rev.  W.  G.  Workman,  Mr.  R.  V.  Mason 

Sub  Committee  on  Campus  Christian  Life 

1956 — Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Chairman 

1957— Mr.  Frank  Orr 

1958— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell 


Presbytery's  Council: 

Chairman — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson 

Ex-Officio — The  Moderator  and  the  Stated  Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The    President   and   Treasurer   Women   of   the    Church 

1956— Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Mr.  R.  Z.  Thomas 

1957— Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson,  Rev.  J.  R.  Crook,  Mr.  C.  M.  Hassell 

1958— Rev.  C.  G.  McClure,  Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  Mr.  C.  G.  Sellers 

Ministerial  Education: 

Chairman — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters 

1956 — Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence,  Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters,  Mr.  H.  C.  Williams 
1957— Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Rev.  H.  S.  Schum,  Mr.  H.  C.  Alexander 
1958— Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Rev.  W.  H.  Johnson,  Mr.  S.  H.  McCall,  Jr. 

Homes: 

Chairman— Mr.  J.  B.  Watt 

1956— Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Mr.  J.  David  Flowers,  Rev.  C.  D.  Caldwell 
1957— Rev.  C.  Don  Coffey,  Rev.  C.  A.  White,  Mr.  J.  B.  Watt 
1958— Rev.  W.  F.  Mitchell,  Rev.  M.  R.  Williamson, 
Mr.  Plato  Davenport 


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Nominations : 

Chairman — Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer 

1956— Rev,  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Mr.  J.  B. 

Kuykendall 
1957— Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Mr.  A.  R.  Shaw 
1958— Rev.  W.  T.  Smith,  Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Mr.  C.  W.  Gilchrist 

Christian  Education: 

Chairman — Rev.  J.  R.  Crook 

1956— Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  Mr.  J.  N.  Stribling,  Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy 
1957— Rev.  J.  R.  Crook,  Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Mr.  T.  P.  Graham 
Ex-Officio— Pres.  of  S.  S.  S.  Asso.— Mr.  Alex  McMillan 

Presbyterial  Chairman  of  Ed. — Mrs.  J.  R.  Nesbit 
Pres.  Men  of  Presbytery — Mr.  George  Stovall 
Pres.  Youth  Fellowship — Mr.  John  Kimbril 
1958— Rev.  F.  C.  Holder,  Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle,  Mr.  H.  D.  Niven 


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ROLL  OF 

1.  J.W.  Grier 

2.  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  Th.D. 

3.  M.  E.  Peabody 

4.  W.H.Johnston 

5.  J.  C.  McGehee 

6.  B.  Frank  Yandell 

7.  W.  C.Copeland 

8.  J.  C.  Grier 

9.  T.R.Alexander 

10.  A.  T.  Taylor 

11.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr. 

12.  H.  C.  Carmichael 

13.  W.  B.  Neill 

14.  C.  D.  Whiteley,  D.D. 

15.  R.  A.  Young,  D.D. 

16.  Chas.  M.  Boyd,  D.D. 

17.  A.  L.  Roberts 

18.  Daniel  K.  Snyder 

19.  W.  T.  Smith 

20.  Jas.  A.  Jones,  D.D. 

21.  Jno.  R.  Rosebro,  D.D. 

22.  R.  H.  Stone,  D.D. 

23.  Robert  F.  Boyd,  Th.D. 

24.  Frederick  C.  Debele,  Jr. 

25.  Chas.  G.  McClure,  D.D. 

26.  Sam  M.  Inman 

27.  J.  0.  Man,  D.D. 

28.  F.  Clyde  Pratt 

29.  Jonas  Barclay 

30.  W.  M.  Walsh,  D.D. 

31.  F.  S.  Johnston 

32.  Samuel  McP.  Glasgow,  D.D. 

33.  A.  Leslie  Thompson 

34.  Roy  F.  Whitley,  Th.D. 

35.  Chas.  E.  S.  Kraermer,  D.D. 

36.  C.  C.  McNeill,  D.D. 

37.  Warner  L.  Hall,  Ph.D. 

38.  T.  W.  MacLean 

39.  Homer  A.  Spencer 

40.  Jno.  A.  Carriker 

41.  Henry  S.  Robinson 

42.  S.  M.  Hutchison 

43.  C.H.Rowan 

44.  R.  C.  Long,  D.D. 

45.  D.  S.  Chalabie 

46.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  D.D. 

47.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  D.D. 

48.  Carl  S.Miller 

49.  Ben  F.  Moore 

50.  Watt  M.  Cooper 

51.  H.  V.  Carson,  D.D. 

52.  Harold  D.  Hayward,  Ph.D. 

53.  G.Dana  Waters 

54.  W.  J.  Huneycutt 

55.  Samuel  H.  Zealy 

56.  W.  B.  McSwain 


MINISTERS 

57.  Roy  E.  Hoke,  Ph.D. 

58.  F.C.Wilkinson 

59.  D.E.Wilkinson 

60.  E.B.Cooper 

61.  IraH.  Rawles 

62.  Lawrence  I.  Stell,  D.D. 

63.  J.  Gilbert  Kirckhoff 

64.  M.  G.  Lyerly 

65.  R.  W.  Rayburn 

66.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr. 

67.  Hugh  Pollard 

68.  W.  M.  Boyce,  D.D. 

69.  Russell  M.  Kerr 

70.  C.H.  McLean 

71.  J.  B.  Reaves 

72.  Geo.  A.  Fletcher 

73.  R.  G.  Laurens 

74.  Stewart  W.  Yandle 

75.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

76.  B.F.Ferguson 

77.  James  R.  Crook 

78.  Sheldon  A.  Koesy 

79.  Crawford  White 

80.  J.  S.  Garner 

81.  H.  S.  Schum 

82.  S.WylieHogue 

83.  W.  G.  Workman,  Ph.D. 

84.  C.  McD.  Coffey 

85.  I.  Howard  Chadwick 

86.  W.  S.  Boyce 

87.  Robert  Turner 

88.  Andrew  A.  Allen 

89.  Dwight  L.  Barker 

90.  Richard  V.  Colen 

91.  W.  F.  Mitchell 

92.  W.  T.  Taylor 

93.  M.B.Dudley 

94.  Fred  C.  Holder 

95.  C.D.Caldwell 

96.  Hugh  M.  Jefferson 

97.  M.R.Williamson 

98.  E.  L.  Stoffel,  Th.D. 

99.  J.  L.  Doom 

100.  T.  Duke  Williams 

101.  W.  E.  Lytch 

102.  Leighton  S.  Ford 

103.  J.  S.  McClure 

104.  W.  N.  Clark 

105.  W.D.  Lively 

106.  S.A.Ritchie 

107.  G.  E.  Dixon 

108.  E.A.  McLeod 

109.  C.G.  Pepper 

110.  O.W.  PerreU 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  CHURCHES 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Albemarle  First H.  P.  Morrow 

125  S.  5th  St. 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Albemarle  Second S.  A.  Boaz,  Jr. 

Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Altan J.  A.  Lowery 

Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Amay  James Edgar  Goodwin 

504  E.  Boundry 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Amity J.  C.  Kuck 

Rt.  1,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Avondale L.  H.  Meacham 

2804  Avondale  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Badin F.  L.  Marbry 

Badin,  N.  C. 
Banks Sam  Kell,  Jr. 

Box206,  Waxhaw,  N.  ( 
Belk p.  s.  Snipes 

1011  Choyce  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Benton  Heights Jack  Morrison 

601  Hough  St. 

Monroe,  N.  C. 

Bethany Roy  Snipes 

Welch  Ave. 

Monroe,  N.  C. 
Bethel j.  w.  Knox,  Rt.  2 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 
Bethlehem Buford  A.  Price 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Beulah E.  H.  Webb 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Biscoe C.  R.  Poole 

Biscoe,  N.  C. 

Caldwell  Memorial R.  V.  Mason 

811  E.  Morehead 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Camden D.  E.  Phillips 

Rt.  3 
Wadesboro,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

J.  T.  Boysworth 
Rt.  2 

Albemarle,  N.  C. 

C.  0.  Josey 
Albemarle  Radio  Co. 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 
Odus  Doster 
Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Sarah  Reid 
Rt.  4,  Box  332 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

James  P.  Sample 

Rt.  2,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

W.  R.  Caudle 
4316  Park  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  E.  Beck 
Badin,  N.  C. 

F.  Parks  Stephenson,  Jr. 
.  Rt.  2,  Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 
Glenn  A.  Roberts 
1309  Choyce  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Neal  Tucker 
1108  Cherry  St. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Roy  Snipes 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

H.  B.  Knox 
Davidson,  N.  C. 

Buford  A.  Price 
Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

R.  L.  Long 
Rt.  3,  Pageland,  S.  C. 
C.  R.  Lawrance 
Rt.  1,  Biscoe,  N.  C. 

R.  H.   Crockford 
2117   McClintock  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Miss  Ethel  Hildreth 
Rt.  3 
Wadesboro,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Cameronian Lee  McNeeley 

Rt.  3 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Camp  Greene J.  0.  Hawfield 

2418  Remount  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Candor D.  C.  Ewing,  Jr. 

Candor,  N.  C. 
Central  Steele  Creek  ..   R.  R.  Grier 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Charlotte  First T.  P.  Graham 

815  Lamar  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N,  C. 
Clanton  Memorial E.  B.  Clanton 

Rt.  3 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Commonwealth W.  E.  Arnett 

4831  Elder  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Cooks  Memorial Crosby  A.  Dunn 

Rt.  9,  Box  163 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Cornelius R.  A.  Atwell 

Cornelius,  N.  C. 
Covenant J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Jr. 

1000  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Eastminster C.  E.  Reneau 

2217  Bay  St. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
East  Monroe  Grady  Williams 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Ellerbe  First W.  S.  McRae 

Ellerbe,  N.  C. 
Forest   Hills Calvin  C.  Sloan 

1533  N. Independence 
Blvd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Hamlet  First S.  O.  Bauersfeld 

410  Entwistle  St. 

Hamlet,  N.  C. 
Hawley  Memorial Carlton  Billingsley 

Box  71,  Polkton,  N.  C. 
Hopewell Joe  L.  Puckett,  Sr. 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

HoUis  Gillis 
106  Asington 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 
James  Major 
1741  Evergreen  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
K.  A.  McLeod 
Candor,  N.  C. 
T.  M.  Blackwelder 
Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
W.  N.  Ward 
202  W.  Trade  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Glen  Connell 
Peterson  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
H.  B.  Carter 
1431  Cyrus  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Tom  Smith,  Jr. 

Rt.  9,  Box  148 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  E.  Baxter 

Cornelius,  N.  C. 

W.  A.  Montgomery 

1000  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  A.  Carriker,  Jr. 

2800  Shenandoah  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

W.  J.  Metelli 

1005  Calhoun  St. 

Monroe,  N.  C. 

R.  W.  Carriker 

Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

Z.  R.  Little 

2401  Rozelle's  Ferry  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

John  S.  Williamson 

Pinecroft  Industries 

Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  E.  F.  Billingsley 

Box  84,  Polkton,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Whitley 

Rt.  11,  Charlotte,  N.C. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session  Treasurer 

Huntersville JE.  F.  Kumm  J.  Mike  Dwyer 

Box  115  Huntersville,  N.  C. 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 

Indian  Hill .-. R.  F.  Furr  M.  E.  Brattain 

Rt.  1,  Oakboro,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Indian  Trail E.  J.  Stinson  J.  W.  Shaffer 

Rt.  1  Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Locust T.  M.  Hartsell  L.  Worth  Little 

Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C.  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Macedonia J.  R.  Maness  Daniel  J.  McCaskill 

Rt.  1,  Biscoe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1.,  Candor,  N.  C. 

Mallard  Creek W.  B.  Bingham  Joe  M.  Wilson 

Rt.  7,  Box  612  Rt.  10 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Marks  Creek C.  0.  McRae  H.  C.  McRae 

Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C.  Rt.  1.  Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Marshville F.  C.  Efird  Mrs.  C.  A.  Bolt 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C.  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Marston A.  W.  McKay  W.  D.  McKay 

Rt.  1,  Marston,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Marston,  N.  C. 

Matthews N.  0.  Alexander  W.  R.  Freeman 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C.  Matthews,  N.  C. 

McGee    N.  C.  Long  Leroy  Lakey 

314  N.  Hoskin  Ave.  Rt.  6 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

McLean W.  M.  Lovin  J.  F.  McCaskill,  Jr. 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

McQuay  Memorial J.  R.  Litaker  Joe  W.  Reid 

3429  Mathis  Dr.  1306  Coker  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Monroe  First W.  H.  Morrison  Virgil  Henderson 

Wadesboro  Rd.  429  Wadesboro  Ave. 

Monroe,  N.  C.  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Morgan  Memorial  Rafe  Williams  Sybil  Huneycutt 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C.  Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

Morris  Field William  D.  Loy,  Jr.  Herbert  Lee  Hargett 

1808  Fleetwood  Rd.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Charlotte,  N.  C.          110  Stonewall  Jackson  Homes 

Morven W.  E.  Steagall  R.  M.  Hardison 

Morven,  N.  C.  Morven,  N.  C. 

Mt.  Carmel  M.  Lee  Mclnnis  J.  C.  Comer 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches 
Mt.  Gilead- 


Clerk  of  Session 

R.  A.  McRae 

Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Mulberry D.  H.  Dunn 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Myers  Park J.  Lacy  McLean 

2024  Beverly  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Nevin G.  T.  Brown 

C.M.R.  544,  Box  830 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

New  Salem 0.  L.  Efird 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 


Newell- 


Norman- 


North  Charlotte- 


Norwood- 


...S.  B.  Wilson 
Newell,  N.  C. 

...C.  E.  Martin 
Norman,  N.  C. 

Joe  W.  Hardison 

1732  Academy  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  B.  Winchester 

Norwood,  N.  C. 

Oakboro E.  0.  Ross 

Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Pageland H.  H.  Houston 

Pageland,  S.  C. 
Park  Avenue R.  Lamar  Smith 

Rt.  2 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Paw  Creek R.  W.  Summerville 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Pee  Dee J.  V.  Ussery 

Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 
Philadelphia .E.  Ross  Cathey 

Rt.  3,  Matthews.  N.  C. 
Pineville Roy  G.  Starnes 

Pineville,  N.  C. 
Plaza C.  A.  Kirkpatrick 

1315  Matheson  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Pleasant  Hill C.  L.  Choate 

Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
Providence James  A.  Blakeney 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Ramah J.  G.  Caldwell 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

R.  L.  Martin 
Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Tom  Wilson 

Rt.  5,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Ross 

2501   Oxford  Place 

Charlotte  4,  N.  C. 

Robert  Ritchie 
C.M.R.  544,  Box  660 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  C.  Moore 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Wilbur  X.  Yerton 
Box  28,  Newell,  N.  C. 

John  Gallimore 
Norman,  N.  C. 

W.  L.  Howie 
912  Anderson  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  J.  Ussery 

Norwood,  N.  C. 

Miss  Viola  Ross 

Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Alger  Douglas 

Pageland,  S.  C 

H.  G.  Smith 

Rt.2 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 

E.  B.  Johnston 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Mrs.  C.  W.  Ussery 
Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 
James  H.  Black 
Rt.  3,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Robt.  C.  Hair 
Pineville,  N.  C. 

F.  R.  Freeman 
2819   Temple   Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

A.  M.  Thompson 
Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
N.  C.  Grier 
Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C 

C.  D.  Bradford 
Rt.  1 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


11 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Rehoboth F.  Albert  Gordon 

Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
Ridgecrest G.  S.  Furr 

Rt.  3 

Albemarle,  N.  C. 
Robinson Perry  C.  Hood 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Rockingham  First C.  R.  McNair 

Box  416 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Rourk H.  P.  Shane 

Route  3 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
St.  Andrews J.  W.  Craig,  Jr. 

2121  Rozzelle  Fer.  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
St.  Paul E.  D.  Jackson 

2509  Arnold  Dr. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Salem B.  F.  Ferguson 

Pageland,  S.  C. 
Sardis L.  H.  Pharr 

522  Livingston  Dr. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Seigle  Avenue Morris  P.  Plyler 

900  Leigh  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Selwyn  Avenue Edwin  L.  Dean 

211  Brandywine  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Sharon E.  F.  Smith 

Rt.  2,  Box  942 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Siler R.  A.  Plyler 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
Six  Mile  Creek J.  R,  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 
Smallwood K.  W.  Wiggins 

C.M.R.  544,  Box  667 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
South  Park G.  Dewey  Kluttz 

600  Marsh  Road 

Charlotte.  N.  C. 
Steele  Creek L.  W.  Brown 

Rt.  4,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Star J.  F.  Allen 

Box  171 

Star,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Miss  Hope  Sims 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Mary  Lee  Lambert 

Rt.  1 

Stanfield,  N.  C. 

J.  C.  Dulin 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  R.  Harper 

Oakwood  Apts. 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Lester  M.  Smith 

Cordova,  N.  C. 

A.  A.  Clark 

1913  Greene  Blvd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  Hoyle  Long,  Jr. 

2504  Laburnum  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Joe  Kiker 

Pageland,  S.  C. 

C.  B.  Baird 

C.M.R.,  Sardis  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  B.  Schulken 

832  Seigle  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  E.  Elrod 

2921  Westfield  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

W.  T.  Stanford 

Rt.  2 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Fleet  Davis 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

W.  M.  Ratteree 

114  N.  Gardner  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Bland  Clontz 

437  Greystone  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

R.  F.  Bigham 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Barna  Allen 

Box   83 

Star,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Stephenson W.  M.  Pressley 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Sugaw  Creek W.  Parks  Wilson 

Rt.ll 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Sunset  Hills Charles  C.  Harkins 

605  Magnolia  Ave. 
Charlotte.  N.  C. 

Tenth  Avenue C.  L.  Elliott 

727  W.  Trade  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C 

Thomasboro H.  P.  Cathey 

322  Hovis  Cr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Trinity Harold  K.  Couch 

Rt.  2 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Troy : S.  H.  McCall,  Jr. 

Troy,  N.  C. 
Turner J.  C.  Richardson 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Unionville J.  V.  Mullis 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Wadesboro F.  P.  Boylin 

Wadesboro,  N.  C. 
Walkersville C.  L.  McCain 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
Watson   Heights Marvin  McGill 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Waxhaw T.  R.  Nisbet 

Box  217 

Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

West  Avenue R.  S.Wilkinson 

513  Grandin  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westminster Paul  C.  Thompson 

725  Hawthorne  Lane 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westover  Hills Alex  M.  Johnson 

2901  Mayflower  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Williams  Memorial J.  I.  Hutchison 

Rt.  11,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Wilmore R.  M.  Stevenson 

3000  Sommerset  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Jack  Baucom 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

James  A.  Barrus 
1326  Brook  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  M.  Hope 

619  Magnolia  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

F.  W.  Haas 

4428  Albemarle  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

M.  H.  Cathey 
403  Wabash  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  M.  Carter 

217  Johnston  Bldg. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  W.  Safrit 

Box  523,  Troy,  N.  C. 

C.  H.  Biggers 

Rt.  6,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Maude  M.  Brooks 
Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

J.  W.  Scarboro 
Wadesboro,  N.  C. 

Knox  R.  McCain 
Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

D.  A.  McGill 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 

B.  E.  Hudson 
Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Paul  L.  Cobb 
621  Walnut  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

L.  M.  Morrison 
1959  Harris  Road 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  M.  Winters 
1220  Princeton  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  L.  McConnell 

Rt.  11,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

H.  F.  Porter 
1741  Wilmore  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


MINUTES  OF   MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY  13 

The  Two  Hundred  Ninth 
Stated  Session  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


Camp  Stewart 

Route  #8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

July  19,  1955 


The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundred 
Ninth  Stated  Session  at  Camp  Stewart,  Route  #8,  Charlotte, 
N.  C.  at  9  A.M.  on  the  above  date.  The  Moderator,  the  Rev. 
C.  S.  Miller,  presided  and  preached  the  sermon.  He  was 
assisted  by  the  Rev.  C.  McD.  Coffey,  who  read  the  Scripture 
and  led  in  prayer. 

The  History  of  Camp  Stewart — Mr.  J.  N.  Stribling,  a  mem- 
ber of  the  Committee  on  Christian  Education,  who  had  much 
to  do  with  the  development  of  the  Camp,  spoke  on  the  history 
of  Camp  Stewart  and  outlined  future  plans  for  development  of 
the  Camp.  Presbytery  commended  the  Committee  on  its  fine 
work  and  approved  the  plans  for  development. 

The  Roll — ^The  following  were  present  or  enrolled  during 
the  meeting. 

Ministers— J.  W.  Grier,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  W.  H.  Johnston,  B.  F. 
Yandell,  A.  T.  Taylor,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B.  Neill,  C.  D.  Whiteley, 
R.  A.  Young,  D.  K.  Snyder,  W.  T.  Smith,  J.  A.  Jones,  R.  H.  Stone, 
F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  C.  G.  McClure,  S.  M.  Inman,  F.  C.  Pratt,  W.  M.  Walsh, 
F.  S.  Johnson,  S.  M.  Glasgow,  A.  L.  Thompson,  R.  F.  Whitley,  John  A. 
Carriker,  Henry  S.  Robinson,  S.  M.  Hutchison,  C.  H.  Rowan,  R.  C. 
Long,  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Carl  S.  Miller,  Ben  F.  Moore, 
Watt  M.  Cooper,  H.  V.  Carson,  H.  D.  Hayward,  G.  Dana  Waters,  W.  J. 
Huneycutt,  S.  H.  Zealy,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  E.  B.  Cooper,  Ira  H.  Rawles, 
L.  I.  Stell,  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  Hugh  D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce,  C.  M. 
McLean,  George  A.  Fletcher,  R.  G.  Laurens,  S.  W.  Yandle,  J.  R.  Crook, 
Sheldon  A.  Koesy,  Crawford  A.  White,  J.  S.  Gamer,  H.  S.  Schum,  S.  W. 
Hogue,  C.  Mc.D.  Coffey,  A.  A.  Allen,  Dwight  L.  Barker,  R.  V.  Colen, 
W.  F.  Mitchell,  W.  T.  Taylor,  M.  B.  Dudley,  Fred  C.  Holder,  C.  D. 
Daldwell,  Hugh  M.  Jefferson,  James  L.  Doom,  T.  Duke  Williams, 
W.  E.  Lytch,  J.  S.  McClure,  W.  N.  Clark,  W.  D.  Lively— 70. 


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Ruling  Elders — D.  A.  Holbrook,  Albemarle  First;  Albert  Lowery, 
Altan;  J.  C.  Kuck,  Amity;  F.  E.  Crane,  Banks;  George  W.  Hager,  Belk; 
Jack  Morrison,  Benton  Heights;  W.  O.  Henderson,  Bethel;  E.  H.  Webb, 
Beulah;  C.  R.  Poole,  Biscoe;  E.  R.  McAuley,  Caldwell  Memorial;  Jesse 
Morris,  Camden;  C.  W.  McLendon,  Cameronian;  R.  E.  Suther,  Charlotte 
First;  R.  L.  Willis,  Cook's  Memorial;  Harvey  S.  White,  Covenant; 
D.  C.  Parsons,  Ellerbe  First;  R.  W.  Blackwelder,  Forest  Hill;  R.  M. 
Fetner,  Sr.,  Hamlet  First;  George  W.  Alexander,  Hopewell;  LeGette 
Blythe,  Huntersville;  W.  L.  Lee,  Indian  Hill;  J.  M.  Jenkins,  Locust; 
J.  R.  Maness,  Macedonia;  Fred  R.  Johnston,  Mallard  Creek;  J.  M. 
McLauchlin,  Mark's  Creek;  J.  W.  Russell,  Matthews;  A.  M.  Cathey, 
McGee;  J.  F.  McCaskell,  McLean  Memorial;  John  J.  Ozenent,  McQuay 
Memorial;  B.  F.  Langley,  Monroe  First;  H.  L.  Hargett,  Morris  Field; 
W.  L.  Wall,  Morven;  C.  A.  McFayden,  Mt.  Carmel;  C.  C.  McKinnon, 
Mt.  Gilead;  W.  F.  Reid,  Mulberry;  S.  B.  Wilson,  Newell;  D.  F.  Warner, 
Norman;  W.  H.  Henderson,  North  Charlotte;  W.  B.  Winchester,  Nor- 
wood; H.  H.  Houston,  Pageland;  Plato  W.  Davenport,  Paw  Creek; 
M.  B.  Griffin,  Philadelphia;  J.  R.  Miller,  Pineville;  Howard  Snow,  Plaza; 
P.  J.  Turner,  Pleasant  Hill;  Harry  Washam,  Ramah;  A.  M.  Sims, 
Rehoboth;  J.  E.  Goodman,  St.  Andrews;  J.  L.  Nance,  St.  Paul;  G.  M. 
Kitchie,  Jr.,  Sardis;  Thomas  C.  Ruff,  Selwyn  Avenue;  T.  E.  Black, 
Sharon;  R.  A.  Plyler,  Siler;  James  R.  Perry,  Six  Mile  Creek;  Robert 
L.  Shields,  Smallwood;  George  F.  Brown,  Steele  Creek;  J.  J.  Earn- 
hardt, Sugaw  Creek;  T.  W.  Stinson,  Sunset  Hills;  R.  H.  Allen,  Tenth 
Avenue;  Robert  J.  James,  Thomasboro;  Joe  M.  Logan,  Trinity;  S.  H. 
McCall,  Jr.,  Troy;  W.  L.  Wildermuth,  Wadesboro;  Henry  H.  Massey, 
Waxhaw;  Reece  W.  Puckett,  West  Avenue;  W.  A.  McCorkle,  West- 
minster; Charles  W.  Hickman,  Westover  Hills;  W.  F.  Caldwell,  Williams 
Memorial;  J.  Price  Robinson,  Wilmore — 69. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  were 
introduced. 

The  Rev.  Claire  Albright  of  East  Hanover  Presbjrtery 
was  introduced  and  invited  to  sit  as  a  visiting  brother.  Ruling 
Elder  H.  A.  McQ.  Martin  of  Fountain  Inn,  S.  C.  was  intro- 
duced to  the  Presbytery. 

Moderator  Elected — The  Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison,  Moderator 
in  Nomination  was  elected  Moderator. 

Report  of  Committee  an  Arrangements — ^The  Committee 
on  Arrangements  made  the  following  report  which  was 
adopted. 

Your  Committee  on  Arrangements  recommends  that  the  Presbytery 
adopt  the  printed  Docket  with  the  following  modifications: 

1.  That  Presbytery  hear  a  report  from  the  World  Missions  Com- 
mittee, Elder  Joe  McLaney,  chairman,  as  the  second  order  after  lunch. 


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2.  That  Presbytery  hear  a  report  from  the  Bi-Centenial  Committee 
by  Elder  Rufus  Grier  as  the  third  order  after  lunch. 

3.  That  Presbytery  recess  for  lunch  at  1  P.M.  to  reconvene  at  2  P.M. 

Rev.  James  R.  Crook,  Chairman 
Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller 
Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr. 


THE  DOCKET 

1.  Opening  Exercises — Sermon  by  the  Retiring  Moderator — Rev.  Carl 

S.  Miller. 

2.  Memorials. 

3.  History. 

4.  Enrollment — Members  of  the  Presbytery,  Visiting  Brethren,  Intro- 

duction of  the  Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first 
time. 

5.  Election  of  Moderator — Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison,  Nominee. 

6.  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements — Rev.  J.  R.  Crook. 

7.  Appointment  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery. 

8.  Communications. 

9.  Season  of  Prayer. 

10.  Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  On  the  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  R.  C.  Long. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 

11.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

12.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

13.  Report  of  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Presbytery's  Council — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce. 

2.  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters. 

14.  Reports  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery. 

15.  Unfinished  Business. 


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16.  Report  of  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly. 

17.  New  Business. 

18.  Next  Meeting   (Sugaw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church). 

19.  Nomination  of  Moderator  (First  Order  after  Lunch). 

20.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

21.  Adjournment. 

Appointment    of    Standing    Committees — The    Moderator 

appointed  the  following  Standing  Committees: 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures:  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller,  Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  J.  W. 
Russell,  G.  M.  Kitchie,  Jr. 

2.  Installations:  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters,  W.  F. 
Caldwell,  J.  J.  Osborne. 

3.  Judicial  Business:  Rev.  W.  M.  Cooper,  Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger, 
LeGette  Blythe,  Plato  W.  Davenport. 

4.  Resolutions:  Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle,  Rev.  C.  Don  Coffey,  Reece  W. 
Puckett,  W.  B.  Winchester. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery:  Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  Rev.  J.  S.  McClure, 
A.  M.  Cathey,  J.  L.  Choate. 

Communications — The  following  Communications  were 
read  and  disposed  of  as  indicated. 

1.  From  Dr.  James  A.  Jones  expressing  appreciation  for  a  letter 
written  at  the  direction  of  Presbytery.   It  was  received  as  information. 

2.  From  the  following  Ministers  requesting  excuse  for  absence  from 
this  meeting  of  the  Presbytery;  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall,  Rev.  B.  F.  Ferguson, 
Rev.  M.  G.  Lyerly,  Rev.  R.  F.  Boyd,  Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  Rev.  R.  M. 
Kerr,  Rev.  W.  S.  Boyce,  Rev.  E.  Lee  Stoffel,  Rev.  I.  Howard  Chadwick, 
Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn  and  Rev.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.  The  requests  were 
granted. 

3.  From  the  Session  of  the  Star  Presbyterian  Church  requesting 
excuse  for  absence  of  its  representative  to  this  meeting  of  Presbytery. 
The  request  was  granted. 

4.  From  an  anonymous  donor  offering  to  Ministers  graduated  from 
Seminary  after  1950,  a  copy  of  Boettner's  "The  Reformed  Doctrine  of 
Predestination,"  upon  the  condition  that  they  read  the  volume  and 
preach  a  series  of  sermons  on  "Predestination."  It  was  received  as 
information. 

5.  From  the  Session  of  the  Brainerd  Presbyterian  Church  requesting 
permission  to  change  the  name  of  the  Church  to  Watson  Heights 
Presbyterian  Church.    The  request  was  granted. 


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6.  From  the  members  of  the  Community  Presbyterian  Church  re- 
questing that  the  Church  be  dissolved  and  the  congregation  dismissed 
to  unite  with  the  Brainerd  Presbyterian  Church,  now  the  Watson  Heights 
Presbyterian  Church.    The  request  was  granted. 

7.  From  the  Session  of  the  Biscoe  Presbyterian  Church  reporting 
the  death  of  Ruling  Elder  Charles  E.  Kellam.  It  was  received  as 
information. 

8.  From  the  Session  of  the  Sugaw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church  re- 
porting the  death  of  Ruling  Elder  Fred  L.  Gibbon.  It  was  received  as 
information. 

9.  From  the  Trustees  of  Stillman  College  a  report  of  the  Board  of 
Trustees  to  the  General  Assembly.    Received  as  information. 

10.  From  the  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly  reporting 
their  attendance  and  diligence  at  the  meeting.  The  following  made 
written  reports:  Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr,  C.  L.  Elliott,  J.  Reid  Abernathy, 
John  C.  Ashcraft,  Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  C.  W.  Gilchrist,  L.  H.  Pharr. 

The  reports  were  received  as  information  and  the  Commissioners  were 
commended  for  their  diligence. 

Report  of  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His  Work — 

The  following  report  of  the  Commissioner  on  the  Minister 
and  His  Work  was  read  and  admitted  to  record. 

Since  the  last  meeting  of  Presbytery  your  commission  has  held  three 
meetings  and  has  transacted  the  following  business: 

1.  Approved  for  calls: 

Rev.  O.  W.  Perrell  for  Waxhaw 
Rev.  Stuart  A.  Ritchie  for  Troy 
Rev.  G.  E.  Dixon  for  Belk  Church 
Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.  for  St.  Paul's 
Rev.  J.  E.  Forgartie  for  Myers  Park 

2.  Approved  requests  of  Central  Steele  Creek  and  Pleasant  Hills  for 
continued  services  of  Dr.  R.  A.  Young  as  pastor  for  one  year. 

3.  Approved  the  request  of  Robinson  for  the  services  of  Rev.  W.  B. 
Neill  as  pastor  for  one  year. 

4.  Dissolved    relations    existing   between    Matthews    and    Rev.    Kirk 
Nesbit,  and  granted  Mr.  Nesbit  a  transfer  to  attend  Presbytery.. 

5.  Dismissed  candidate  LeRoy  P.  Gwaltney  to  Missouri  Presbytery,, 

Roswell  Long,  Chairman 

Report  of  Other  Commissions — The  following  Commissions 
appointed  by  Presbytery  made  their  reports  which  were  ad- 
mitted to  record. 


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1.  To  ordain  and  Install  William  N.  Clark,  Jr. 

The  Commission  met  in  a  Sunday  School  room  of  the  Mt.  Gilead 
Presbyterian  Church  on  Sunday,  July  3,  1955  and  was  called  to  order 
by  the  chairman,  who  asked  the  Rev.  W.  E.  Lytch  to  lead  the  opening 
prayer.    The  Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle  was  elected  clerk. 

The  Chairman  reviewed  the  proceedings  of  Presbytery  to  this  point 
and  reported  that  the  candidate  was  to  preach  his  sermon  before  the 
Commission  to  complete  his  requirements  for  licensure  and  ordination. 
The  sermon  heard  was  from  Jeremiah  7:1-15.  The  Commission  ap- 
proved the  sermon  as  satisfactory,  and  then  approved  the  examination 
as  a  whole.  The  clerk  then  made  the  motion  that  the  Commission  proceed 
to  the  ordination  and  installation  of  the  candidate. 

Invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren  on  the  Commission  were:  Elders 
W.  N.  Clark,  and  J.  T.  Clark,  father  and  uncle  of  the  candidate.  These 
men  as  well  as  the  Session  of  the  Mt.  Gilead  Church  and  any  other 
elders  visiting  in  the  congregation  were  invited  by  the  Commission  to 
take  part  in  the  laying  on  of  the  hands  of  Presbytery. 

The  Commission  having  first  assembled  at  7:15,  and  having  performed 
the  necessary  duties,  it  then  joined  in  the  regular  evening  hour  of 
worship  at  8:00  o'clock  led  by  the  Chairman  of  the  Commission.  Follow- 
ing the  ordination  sermon  by  the  Chairman  on  the  subject,  "The 
Master's  Program  for  Christianity"  on  the  text  Luke  4:18  &  19,  the 
Rev.  W.  T.  Lytch  propounded  the  Constitutional  questions.  Laying  on 
of  the  hands  of  the  Presbytery  and  the  ordination  praper  by  the  Chair- 
man preceded  the  declaration  that  William  N.  Clark,  Jr.  had  been 
regularly  elected,  ordained,  and  installed  as  pastor  of  the  Mt.  Gilead 
Presbyterian  Church.  Elder  F.  M.  Nash  then  charged  the  pastor  and 
Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle  charged  the  congregation.  Prior  to  the  benediction 
by  the  new  pastor,  there  was  a  prayer  of  consecration  and  a  closing 
hymn.  The  new  pastor  and  his  wife  were  welcomed  by  the  congregation 
and  friends. 

The  Commission  then  re-assembled  and  heard  the  minutes  of  the 
meeting.  These  were  approved  and  the  Commission  adjourned  with 
prayer  by  Elder  E.  M.  Thompson. 

R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman. 
Stewart  W.  Yandle,  Clerk. 

2.  To  Install  Rev.  T.   Duke  Williams. 

The  Commission  appointed  by  Presbytery  to  install  the  Rev.  T.  Duke 
Williams  as  pastor  of  the  Camp  Greene  Church  met  at  the  church  at 
7:15  P.M.  on  April  24,  1955,  and  was  called  to  order  by  Rev.  R.  C. 
Long,  chairman. 

Commission  was  constituted  with  a  prayer  by  Rev.  H.  V.  Carson. 

Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison  was  elected  secretary, 

A   quorum  was   declared   present. 

The  order  of  service  was  adopted. 

Commission  was  led  in  prayer  by  Elder  Paul  Ranson. 

Commission  moved  to   sanctuary  for  installation. 

Rev.  R.  C.  Long  presided. 

Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison  gave  invocation. 

Rev.   H.   V.   Carson   preached   sermon   on   "Life's    Obligations"   from 


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Romans  1:1-17. 

Charge  to  Pastor  given  by  Rev.  Hutchison. 
Charge  to  People  given  by  Elder  Ranson. 
Benediction   pronounced   by    Rev.    Williams. 
Commission  moved  to  study  room. 
Minutes  read  and  approved. 
Adjourned  with  prayer  by  Rev.  Long. 

Shelton   M.    Hutchison,    Secretary 

3.  To  Install  Rev.  W.  E.  Lytch. 

The  Commission  of  the  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  install  Rev. 
William  E.  Lytch  as  pastor  of  the  Newell  Presbyterian  Church,  Newell, 
N.  C,  met  at  the  Newell  Church  at  7:15  P.M.,  Sunday,  May  1,  1955. 
Members  present  were.  Ministers:  Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Chairman,  Dr. 
W.  M.  Walsh,  Rev.  Stewart  Yandle,  Rev.  Fred  C.  Holder,  and  Elder: 
Mr.  William  C.  Howie.  The  meeting  was  called  to  order  and  opened  with 
prayer  by  Rev.  Robert  Turner.    Rev.  Fred  Holder  was  elected  clerk. 

The  necessary  arrangements  being  completed,  the  Commission  moved 
into  the  sanctuary  for  the  service.  Rev.  Robert  Turner  preached  the 
sermon  on,  "The  Habitation  of  God,"  from  Ephesians  3:22.  Then  he 
propounded  the  constitutional  questions  to  the  pastor  and  the  congrega- 
tion. Mr.  Lytch  was  then  declared  installed  as  pastor  of  the  Newell 
Presbyterian  Church.  Dr.  Walsh  offered  the  installation  prayer  and 
then  charged  the  pastor.  Rev.  Fred  Holder  then  charged  the  con- 
gregation. After  the  singing  of  the  Hymn,  "The  Church's  One  Founda- 
tion," Mr.  Lytch  pronounced  the  benediction. 

The  Commission  continued  its  meeting  after  the  service.  The 
minutes  were  read,  the  clerk  was  instructed  to  make  the  report  to  the 
State  Clerk,  and  the  meeting  was  closed  with  prayer  by  Rev.  Stewart 
Yandle. 

Robert  Turner,   Chairman 
Fred    C.    Holder,    Clerk 

4.  To   Ordain  and  Install   Mr.  J.   S.   McClure. 

The  Commission  to  ordain  and  install  Mr.  Joe  McClure  to  the  Gospel 
Ministry  and  as  pastor  of  the  Huntersville  Presbyterian  Church  met 
at  the  Cook's  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church,  Sunday,  June  26,  1955, 
7:30  P.M.  All  members  of  the  Commission  were  present,  which  included, 
Dr.  J.  W.  Grier,  Rev.  Fred  Holder,  Rev.  Robert  Rayburn;  Messrs.  R.  L. 
Willis,  and  John  McClure,  Elders.  The  meeting  was  called  to  order  and 
constituted  by  prayer  led  by  Rev.  Fred  Holder.  Dr.  J.  W.  Grier  was 
elected  Chairman  and  Rev.  Robert  W.  Rayburn,  Secretary.  After  the 
service  at  which  Mr.  Joe  McClure  preached  a  sermon  on  "The  Holy 
Spirit  and  the  Church"  based  on  Acts  2:1,  the  motion  was  made  that 
the  sermon  be  approved  as  satisfactory.  The  meeting  was  closed  with 
prayer  by  Rev.  Robert  Rayburn. 

The  Commission  to  ordain  and  install  Mr.  Joe  S.  McClure  met  at 
the  Huntersville  Presbyterian  Church,  Sunday,  July  3,  1955  at  7:30 
P.M.    The  meeting  was  opened  with  prayer  by  the   Rev.   Fred   Holder. 


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Ministers  present  were:  Dr.  J.  W.  Grier,  Rev.  Fred  Holder,  and 
Rev.  Robert  W.  Rayburn. 

Ruling-  Elders  present:  R.  L.  Willis,  John  T.  McClure,  and  Crosby  A. 
Dunn. 

The  Commission  proceeded  first  to  the  licensure  of  Candidate  Joe  S. 
McClure.  After  the  Constitutional  Questions  w^ere  put  by  Dr.  Grier, 
Mr.  Joe  S.  McClure  was  licensed  to  the  Gospel  ministry.  The  Commis- 
sion then  engaged  in  worship  with  the  Congregation.  Dr.  Grier  presided. 
Mr.  Crosby  A.  Dunn  led  the  prayer  of  Invocation.  Rev.  Robert  Rayburn 
preached  the  sermon.  After  Dr.  Grier  propounded  the  Constitutional 
questions  to  Mr.  McClure  and  the  laying  on  of  the  hands  by  the  Com- 
mission, Mr.  John  T.  McClure  led  the  Ordination  prayer.  Dr.  Grier 
then  declared  that  Rev.  Joe  S.  McClure  was  duly  ordained  and  installed 
as  Pastor  of  the  Huntersville  Church.  Rev.  Fred  Holder  charged  the 
newly  ordained  and  installed  Pastor.  Mr.  R.  L.  Willis  charged  the 
Congregation.  The  Commission  voted  to  express  and  to  record  its 
gratitude  and  appreciation  for  the  cordial  reception  accord  it  by  the 
Huntersville  Congregation.  The  minutes  were  adopted.  The  Commission 
was  adjourned  with  prayer  by  Rev.  Fred  Holder. 

Dr.  J.   W.   Grier,   Chairman 
Robert  W.  Rayburn,  Secretary 

5.    To  Ordain  and  Install  Mr.  W.  D.  Lively. 

The  Commission  appointed  by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  ordain 
and  install  Mr.  W.  D.  Lively,  Pastor  of  Brainerd  Presbyterian  Church, 
Rockingham,  N.  C,  met  in  the  new  building  on  the  Airport  Road  at 
6:30  p.m.,  June  26,  1955.  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman  of  the  Commission, 
asked  Rev.  Dwight  L.  Barker  to  lead  in  prayer  after  which  Mr.  Thomas 
H.  Wilson,  Elder  in  the  First  Church,  Rockingham,  was  elected  Secretary. 
The  other  member  present  was  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller. 

The  Commission  then  heard  Mr.  W.  D.  Lively  preach  a  sermon  from 
the  first  chapter  of  Acts.  After  the  sermon  a  motion  was  made  and 
carried  that  this  part  of  the  candidate's  examination  be  sustained.  A 
motion  prevailed  to  approve  all  parts  of  the  examination  for  ordination. 
The  worship  service  was  held  at  7:30  p.m.;  Rev.  R.  H.  Stone  presided. 
In  the  devotional  service  the  chairman  led  in  the  opening  prayer;  the 
scripture  was  read  by  Mr.  Thomas  Wilson,  and  the  pastoral  prayer  was 
by  Rev.  Dwight  L.  Barker.  A  sermon  was  preached  by  Rev.  Carl  S. 
Miller  on  the  subject,  "The  Constancy  of  Love,"  the  text  was  Ruth 
1:16,  17. 

The  call  of  the  Brainerd  Church  for  the  pastoral  services  of  Mr. 
Lively  was  presented  to  him  by  the  chairman;  this  call  he  accepted. 

Mr.  Stone  briefly  recited  the  proceedings  of  Presbytery  preparatory 
to  Ordination.  He  proposed  to  Mr.  Lively  the  ordination  vows  and  the 
questions  for  installation  as  pastor,  all  of  which  were  answered  in  the 
affirmative.  The  congregation  answered  their  questions  in  the  affirma- 
tive. Mr.  Lively  then  knelt  and  the  members  of  the  Presbytery  Commis- 
sion engaged  in  the  laying  on  of  hands,  and  the  ordination  prayer  was 
by  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller.  The  service  of  ordination  was  completed  by 
the  giving  of  the  right  hand  of  fellowship,  and  Mr.  Lively  was  declared 
by  the  chairman  to  be  regularly  elected,  ordained  and  installed  pastor 
of  Brainerd  Presbyterian  Church.    After  a  charge  to  the  pastor  by  Rev. 


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Dwight  L.  Barker,  a  charge  to  the  congregation  by  Elder  Thomas  H. 
Wilson,  the  service  was  concluded  with  prayer  by  the  new  pastor.  Rev. 
W.  D.  Lively. 

While  the  officers  and  members  of  the  church  were  greeting  their 
new  pastor,  his  wife  and  his  mother,  the  Commission  retired,  reviewed 
and  approved  the  minutes  and  was  dismissed  with  prayer  by  Mr.  Thomas 
H.  Wilson. 

R.   H.   Stone,   Chairman 
Thomas  H.  Wilson,  Secretary 

6.    To  Install  Rev.  James  A.  Doom. 

The  Commission  appointed  by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  install 
Rev.  J.  L.  Doom  as  pastor  of  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Hamlet,  North 
Carolina,  on  date  of  Sunday,  May  8,  1955  assembled  for  meeting  in  the 
Pastor's  study  at  7:45  P.M.  with  Ruling  Elder  J.  B.  Kuykendall,  Chair- 
man, presiding.  Meeting  was  opened  with  prayer  by  Rev.  Carl  Miller, 
after  which  procedure  of  the  installation  service  was  outlined  by  Mr. 
Kuykendall. 

The  service  was  presided  over  by  Mr.  Kuykendall. 

Invocation,  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller. 

Introduction  of  Commission,  Mr.  Kuykendall. 

Scripture  Reading,  Ruling  Elder  J.  M.  Shinn. 

Sermon,  Dr.  Warner  Hall. 

Constitutional  questions  to  the  pastor,  Mr.  Kuykendall. 

Constitutional  questions  to  the  congregation,   Mr.   Kuykendall. 

Charge  to  the  pastor.  Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson. 

Charge  to  the  congregation,  Rev.  Carl  S.  Miller. 

The  commission  reconvened  after  the  installation  service  and  upon 
completion  of  business  meeting  was  closed  with  prayeT  by  J.  L.  Doom. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

J.  M.  Shinn 

Appointed   Secretary  of  Meeting 

Presbytery  engaged  in  a  season  of  Prayer  for  world 
leaders  at  the  Geneva  Conference. 

Minister  Accepts  Call — A  Call  from  the  St.  Paul  Presby- 
terian Church  for  the  services  of  the  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr. 
was  approved  by  the  Presbytery,  accepted  by  Mr.  Boyce.  The 
Call  was  placed  in  his  hands  and  arrangements  for  his  installa- 
tion were  made.    (See  report  of  Committee  on  Installations.) 

Report  of  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — The 

Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  made  the  following  re- 
port which  was  adopted: 

The  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  would  introduce  to  Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery  the  following  men  who  desire  to  be  received  as  candi- 
dates for  the  Gospel  ministry. 


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1.  Mr.  James  Arthur  Beard,  a  member  of  the  Williams  Memorial 
Presbyterian  Church.  Mr.  Beard  is  married,  is  presently  employed  as 
a  salesman.  He  is  a  graduate  of  North  Carolina  State  College  with 
the  degree  of  B.S.  in  Horticulture  and  Agronomy.  He  plans  on  taking 
his  theological  training  at  Columbia  Theological  Seminary. 

2.  Mr.  William  Neil  Gordon,  a  member  of  the  First  Presbyterian 
Church  of  Monroe,  N.  C.  Mr.  Gordon  is  a  graduate  of  Davidson  College 
with  a  B.S.  degree.  He  plans  to  take  his  theological  training  at  Union 
Theological  Seminary. 

3.  Mr.  Robert  Anderson  Huffaker,  a  member  of  the  Myers  Park 
Presbyterian  Church.  Mr.  Huffaker  plans  to  enter  Davidson  College  this 
fall,  and  following  his  college  work  to  take  his  theological  training  at 
Union  Theological  Seminary. 

4.  Mr.  Charles  Betts  Huntley,  a  member  of  the  Westminster  Presby- 
terian Church.    Mr.  Huntley  is  a  rising  sophomore  at  Duke  University. 

5.  Mr.  Charles  Ray  MacDonald,  a  member  of  the  Myers  Park  Pres- 
byterian Church.  Mr.  MacDonald  is  married,  and  is  presently  employed 
as  a  construction  Engineer  in  Greensboro,  N.  C.  He  is  a  graduate  of 
the  Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology  with  B.S.  and  M.S.  degrees. 
Mr.  MacDonald  plans  to  take  his  theological  training  at  Union  Seminary. 

6.  Mr.  Audry  Berdette  McCraskey,  Jr.,  a  member  of  the  Badin  Pres- 
byterian Church.  Mr.  McCroskey  is  a  sophomore  at  Presbyterian  College, 
and  plans  on  probably  attending  Union  Theological  Seminary  for  his 
theological  training. 

7.  Mr.  Alex  Jackson  Morrison,  a  member  of  the  Benton  Heights 
Presbyterian  Church  at  Monroe,  N.  C.  Mr.  Morrison  is  married  and 
is  presently  occupied  in  work  with  the  Seaboard  Air-line  Railroad.  He 
is  an  ordained  Elder  and  has  supplied  pulpits  in  churches  without 
pastors.  Mr.  Morrison  is  asking  to  be  received  as  a  candidate  under  the 
extraordinary  case-clause. 

8.  Mr.  Thomas  Winslow  Westmoreland,  a  member  of  the  Caldwell 
Memorial  Presbyterian  Church.  Mr.  Westmoreland  is  a  student  at 
Presbyterian  College,  and  upon  completing  his  college  work  plans  to 
take  his  theological  training  at  Columbia  Seminary. 

We  wholeheartedly  recommend  these  men  to  Mecklenburg  Presbytery 
that  they  be  enrolled  as  candidates  for  the  Gospel  Ministry  following 
their  examination  and  the  assumption  of  their  vows. 

At  the  April  meeting  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  the  following 
motion  was  adopted: 

"That  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  bring  in  a 
recommendation  concerning  the  hearing  of  candidates' 
sermons — and. 

That  the  committee  study  the  matter  of  examinations  of 
candidates  for  licensure  and  ordination  with  reference  to  re- 
ducing the  amount  of  time  required." 

With  a  sincere  desire  to  carry  out  this  directive,  the  committee  has 
studied  the  motion  and  by  unanimous  approval  offers  the  following 
recommendation : 


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"That  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  continue  to  follow  the  pro- 
cedure set  down  in  the  Rules  of  Presbytery  and  Book  of 
Church  Order:  that  a  candidate  for  licensure  be  required  to 
preach  a  sermon  before  the  Presbytery  as  a  part  of  his 
parts-of -trial  .  .  .  and  .  .  .  that  the  Committee  on  Ministerial 
Education  seek  to  be  as  concise  as  possible  in  their  exam- 
ination of  candidates,  yet  so  as  not  to  violate  that  statement 
in  the  Book  of  Church  Order  which  declares:  'The  examination 
shall  be  close  and  particular'."    (Par.  118) 

G.  Dana  Waters,  Chairman 
Committee    on    Ministerial    Education 

Minister  Received — The  Rev.  Stuart  A.  Ritchie  seeking 
membership  in  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  presented  a  certifi- 
cate of  Transfer  from  Fayetteville  Presbytery.  The  Certificate 
of  transfer  was  found  in  order  and  the  Presbytery  proceeded 
to  examine  Mr.  Ritchie  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of 
the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The  examination  was  approved 
as  satisfactory  and  he  was  enrolled  upon  the  signing  of  the 
Covenant. 

A  Call  for  the  services  of  the  Rev.  Stuart  A,  Ritchie  from 
the  Troy  Presbyterian  Church,  Troy,  N.  C,  was  placed  in  his 
hands  and  accepted  by  him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  to 
Install  him.    (See  report  of  Committee  on  installations.) 

Candidates  Received — The  Committee  on  Ministerial  Edu- 
cation presented  the  following  men  who  are  seeking  to  be 
taken  under  the  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  as  Candi- 
dates for  the  Gospel  Ministry:  Mr.  James  Arthur  Beard,  a 
member  of  the  Williams  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church;  Mr. 
William  Neil  Gordon,  a  member  of  the  First  Presbvterian 
Church,  Monroe,  N.  C;  Mr.  Robert  Anderson  Huffaker,  a 
member  of  the  Myers  Park  Presbyterian  Church ;  Mr.  Charles 
Betts  Huntley,  a  member  of  the  Westminster  Presbyterian 
Church ;  Mr.  Charles  Ray  MacDonald,  a  member  of  the  Myers 
Park  Presbyterian  Church;  Mr.  Audry  Berdette  McCroskey, 
Jr.,  a  member  of  the  Badin  Presbyterian  Church;  Mr.  Alex 
Jackson  Morrison,  a  member  of  the  Benton  Heights  Presby- 
terian Church  and  Mr.  Thomas  Winslow  Westmoreland,  a 
member  of  the  Caldwell  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church.  Upon 
the  recommendation  of  the  Committee  the  Presbytery  pro- 
ceeded to  their  examination  in  accordance  with  the  provisions 
of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The  examination  was  approved 
as  satisfactory  and  they  were  received  under  the  care  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery  as  Candidates  for  the  Gospel 
Ministry. 


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The  Rev.  D.  K.  Snyder  gave  the  Charge  to  the  Candidates 
and  the  Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley  led  in  the  prayer  of  dedication. 

Candidates  Received  and  Examined  for  Licensure  and 
Ordination — The  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  pre- 
sented Mr.  Grady  E.  Dixon.  He  was  received  under  the  care 
of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  as  a  Candidate  for  the  Gospel 
Ministry  from  Kings  Mountain  Presbytery.  Upon  the  recom- 
mendation of  the  Committee  and  Concurrence  by  the  Pres- 
bytery Mr.  Dixon  was  examined  in  accordance  with  the  pro- 
visions of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  This  part  of  the  exam- 
ination was  approved  as  satisfactory.  Mr.  Dixon  and  Mr. 
E.  A.  McLeod  preached  their  sermons  before  the  Presbytery. 
Mr.  McLeod  had  previously  been  examined  to  this  point.  This 
part  of  the  examination  was  approved  as  satisfactory.  The 
examination  as  a  whole  was  approved.  The  Presbytery  pro- 
ceeded to  license  Mr.  Dixon  and  Mr.  McLeod. 

A  Call  to  the  W.  H.  Belk  Memorial  Presbyterian  Church  for 
the  services  of  Mr.  Grady  E.  Dixon  was  placed  in  his  hands 
and  accepted  by  him.  A  Commission  was  appointed  to  Ordain 
and  Install  him.    (See  Report  of  Committee  on  Installations.) 

A  Call  from  the  Morven  and  Camden  Presbyterian 
Churches  for  the  services  of  Mr.  E.  A.  McLeod  was  placed  in 
his  hands  and  accepted  by  him.  A  Commission  was  appointed 
to  Ordain  and  Install  him.  (See  Report  of  Committee  on 
Installations.) 

Presbytery  recessed  for  lunch  at  one  o'clock  to  reconvene 
at  2  o'clock.    The  Moderator  led  in  prayer. 

AFTERNOON  SESSION 

The  Presbytery  reconvened  at  two  o'clock  and  was  led  in 
prayer  after  the  singing  of  a  hymn. 

Report  of  Presbytery's  Special  Committee  on  200th  Anni- 
versary Celebration — The  special  Committee  of  Presbytery 
appointed  to  arrange  for  the  200th  Anniversary  celebration 
or  organzied  Presbyterianism  in  this  section  made  the  follow- 
ing report  which  was  adopted.  Members  of  the  Committee 
were  presented  to  the  Presbytery  and  commended  for  their 
outstanding  work. 

Presbytery's  Committee  appointed  to  celebrate  the  two  hundredth 
anniversary    of    organized     Presbyterianism     in    present     Mecklenburg 


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County  is  happy  to  report  the  successful  staging  of  the  historical  drama, 
"Voice  in  the  Wilderness"  by  Dr.  LeGette  Blythe,  depicting  the  rise  and 
growth  of  Presbyterianism  in  early  Mecklenburg  in  its  struggle  for 
religious   and  political   independence. 

It  is  estimated  that  twenty  thousand  attended  the  four  performances 
at  Southern  States  Fair  Ground  on  June  14,  15,  16  and  19.  More  than 
two  hundred  persons  served  on  committees  and  approximately  four 
hundred  were  in  the  cast. 

We  are  grateful  to  the  churches  which  supported  the  undertaking 
financially,  and  to  all  individuals  who  had  a  part  in  the  production. 
Professor  John  Richards  McCrae  of  Converse  College  selected  and 
trained  the  cast  and  directed  the  magnificent  spectacle.  Mrs.  Lillie  B. 
Smith  was  in  charge  of  the  costuming.  We  are  indebted  to  these  and 
those  in  the  cast  for  devoting  their  time  and  their  talents  in  making  the 
drama  a  success. 

We  rejoice  that  Sugaw  Creek  is  planning  to  observe  this  fall  its  two 
hundredth  anniversary  and  we  would  commend  to  the  other  colonial 
churches — Hopewell,  Steele  Creek,  Providence  and  Philadelphia — that 
they  take  steps  to  follow  the  lead  of  Sugaw  Creek  and  fittingly  cele- 
brating their  bi-centennial. 

Our  financial  report  is  incomplete  for  a  few  bills  have  not  yet  been 
presented.  We  request  that  the  committee  be  continued  until  a  final 
report  may  be  made  later  to  Presbytery.  We  still  have  a  balance  in  the 
treasury. 

We  are  especially  indebted  to  the  following  without  whose  help  the 
pageant  could  not  have  been  produced: 

LeGette  Blythe  for  his  genius  in  conceiving  and  his  master 

hand   in   writing   the    script:     Kenneth    W.    Whitsett   for    his 

artistry  in  giving  life  and  color  to  the  past;  Roy  W.  Robinson 

for  his  careful  supervision  of  the  lighting  and  sound  effects; 

J.  B.  Kuykendall  for  his  superb  handling  of  publicity;  John 

McDowell,   for  being   "Johnnie-on-the-Spot"   in   co-ordinating 

the    scenes;    Donald    Francis    MacDonald    for    his    suggesting 

our  director   and  for  his   assistance   to   him;    Rev.   A.    Leslie 

Thompson  for  promoting  the  religious  phase  of  the  drama  by 

contacting  the  churches;  Professor  Donald  Plott  of  Davidson 

College  and  the  choir  for  their  rendition  of  the  sweet  music 

of  the  Psalms  in  the  traditional   Rouse's   version;    A.   Grant 

Whitney,  Chairman  of  Executive  Committee,  for  his  attention 

to  details  and  his  keeping  the  group  in  perfect  accord;   and 

last  but  not  least.  Dr.  R.  H.  Stone  for  his  vision  in  promoting 

the  observance  and  making  his  dream  become  a  reality. 

We   crave  the   privilege   of   introducting   to   Presbytery,   and   having 

Presbytery  officially  recognize  these  persons  whose  labor  and  love  made 

possible   the  wonderful   historical   drama   and   whose   remuneration   and 

reward  will  be  only  your  thanks  and  the  satisfaction  of  a  job  well  done. 

R.  A.  Grier,  Chairman 

Moderator  Nominated — Ruling  Elder,  Dr.  LeGette  Blythe, 
of  the  Huntersville  Presbyterian  Church  and  author  of  the 
historical  drama  ''Voice  in  the  Wilderness"  was  elected 
Moderator  Nominee  for  the  next  meeting  of  the  Presbytery. 


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Report  of  Sub-Committee  on  World  Missions — Mr.  J.  W. 

McLaney,  Chairman  of  the  Sub-Committee  on  World  Missions, 
addressed  the  Presbytery.  The  report  was  received  as  in- 
formation. 

Report  of  Presbytery's  Council — Presbytery's  Council 
made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted. 

The  Council  of  Presbytery  met  in  the  office  of  the  Executive  Secre- 
tary on  July  15th  at  2:30.  Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  led  in  the  opening 
prayer. 

Plans  for  an  Every  Member  Canvass  were  discussed  in  detail.  Rev. 
S.  M.  Inman,  Chairman  of  Stewardship,  is  in  charge  of  this  effort.  Some 
25  teams  are  being  activiated  to  visit  each  Church  in  the  Presbytery 
prior  to  the  Every  Member  Canvass.  In  the  adoption  of  this  report, 
Presbytery  authorizes  this  visitation. 

The  Council  makes  the  following  recommendations: 

1.  That  no  change  be  made  in  our  method  of  electing  Commissioners 
to  the  General  Assembly. 

2.  The  Presbytery's  Council  has  been  advised  that  there  has  been 
deposite4  with  the  Clerk  of  Court  of  Mecklenburg  County  a  will  or  wills 
of  the  late  Mrs.  Robert  A.  Dunn  in  which  the  agencies  of  the  Presby- 
terian Church  in  the  United  States  and  agencies  of  the  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery  have  been  named  as  beneficiaries.  The  validity  of  such  wills 
is  in  doubt. 

We  recommend  that  this  matter  be  referred  to  the  Trustees  of  the 
Presbytery  with  full  authority  to  act  for  the  Presbytery  in  such  manner 
as  in  their  judgment  seem  wise. 

3.  That  Presbytery  accept  the  full  askings  for  Assembly  and  Synod 
Causes  as  sent  down  to  us  by  the  Synod.  This  amount  is  $475,066: 
$300,040  for  Assembly  Causes  and  $175,026  for  Synod  Causes. 

4.  That  our  Presbytery  Budget  be  $98,000.00,  distributed  as  follows: 
Church  Extension,  $90,000.00;  Christian  Education,  $5,000.00;  Special 
Replacement   Fund    for    Camp    Stewart,    $3,000.00. 

5.  That  the  Stewardship  Committee  be  instructed  to  apportion  this 
total  of  $573,066  to  the  Churches  of  the  Presbytery  according  to  the 
formula  adopted  by  the  Presbytery  and  report  to  the  September  meeting 
of  Presbytery. 

W.  M.  Boyce 

Report  of  Committee  on  Installations — The  Committee  on 
Installations  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

1.  That  the  following  Commission  be  appointed  to  Install  Rev. 
W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  as  pastor  of  the  St.  Paul  Presbyterian  Church  on 
July  24th  at  8:00  P.M.  Rev.  Fred  Holder,  Chairman;  Rev.  Russell  M. 
Kerr,  to  preach  the  sermon;  Rev.  Wm.  Boyce,  Sr.  to  charge  the  pastor; 
Mr.  Philip  F.  Howerton  to  charge  the  congregation;  Alternates:  Rev.  C. 
Don  Coffey,  III  and  Mr.  Charles  G.  Sellers. 

2.  That  the  following  Commission  be  appointed  to  Ordain  and  In- 
stall  Mr.   Grady   E.   Dixon   as   pastor   of   the   W.   H.   Belk   Presbyterian 


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Church  on  Sunday,  July  24th  at  8:00  P.M.  Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters, 
chairman,  Rev.  W.  T.  Smith,  to  charge  the  congregation;  Rev.  W.  B. 
McSwain,  to  charge  the  pastor;  That  Rev.  R.  H.  Ratchford  of  Kings 
Mountain  Presbytery  be  invited  to  preach  the  sermon.  Elder,  Mr.  P.  S. 
Snipes.    Alternates,  Rev.  Hugh  D.  Pollard  and  Mr.  J.  N.  Stribling. 

3.  That  the  follov^ing  Commission  be  appointed  to  Install  Rev. 
Stewart  A.  Ritchie  pastor  of  the  Troy  Presbyterian  Church  on  Sunday, 
August  28th  at  8:00  P.M.  Rev.  George  Fletcher,  to  preside;  Rev.  Stewart 
Yandle  to  preach;  Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson  to  charge  the  pastor  and 
Mr.  Horace  McCall  to  charge  the  congregation.  Alternate,  Mr.  Charles 
Eckerson. 

,        ^  R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman 

John  J.   Oznent 
G.  Dana  Waters 

Church  Relocated — Upon  the  recommendation  of  the  Sub- 
Committee  on  Home  Missions,  Presbytery  granted  permis- 
sion to  relocate  the  Tenth  Avenue  Presbyterian  Church  to  a 
new  location  on  Central  Avenue  just  beyond  the  city  limits 
of  Charlotte. 

Report  of  the  Committee  on  Resolutions — The  Committee 
on  Resolutions  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

The  Committee  on  Resolutions  submits  the  following  Recommenda- 
tions: 

That  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  meeting  at  Camp  Stev^art  on  T^cesday, 
July  19,  1955,  express  its  gratitude  to  the  Committee  on  Christian 
Education  for  its  entertainment  of  the  Presbytery,  for  the  very  fine 
dinner  which  we  enjoyed  and  all  its  provisions  for  us. 

That  this  resolution  be  conveyed  to  all  persons  concerned,  especially 
Mr.  J.  N.  Sloan,  the  Camp  superintendent  and  his  staff. 

Respectfully   submitted, 
S.  W.  Yandle,  chairman 
C.  M.  Coffey 
Elder  Puckett 

Report     of     Committee     on     Presbytery's     Records — The 

Committee  on  Presbytery's  Records  made  the  following  report 
which  was  adopted: 

The  Committee  finds  the  minutes  of  Presbytery  meetings  on  January 
18,  1955  and  April  12,  1955  as  printed  in  order  with  the  following 
exceptions : 

1.  The  minor  typographical  errors  that  creep  into  a  printed  report: 
Ex.  P.  P.  6,  28,  45. 

2.  P.  4,  the  Chairman  of  the  Education  Committee  is  not  listed  as 
a  member  of  said  Committee. 

The  Clerks  are  commended  for  their  diligence  in  keeping  the  Presby- 
tery Minutes. 

Harold  D.  Hayward,  Chairman 
Charles  G.  McClure 
A.  M.  Cathey 
J.  L.  Choate 


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Manual  Change  Adopted — The  Presbytery  voted  on  second 
reading-  to  change  its  Manual  to  read  that  the  Fall  meeting 
of  the  Presbytery  shall  be  held  the  third  Tuesday  in  September 
instead  of  the  third  Tuesday  in  October. 

Commissioners  to  General  Assembly  Report — The  Com- 
missioners to  the  General  Assembly  from  Mecklenburg  Pres- 
bytery made  their  reports  which  were  received  as  information. 
They  were  commended  for  their  diligence. 

Salary  Change — The  St.  Andrew's  Presbyterian  Church 
was  given  permission  to  change  the  terms  of  its  Call  to  its 
Minister  to  allow  a  salary  change  from  $3,500  to  $3,600. 

Next  Meeting — The  Presbytery  accepted  the  invitation  of 
the  Sugaw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church  for  its  Fall  meeting  in 
September. 

Invitation  Accepted — The  Presbytery  accepted  the  invita- 
tion of  the  Bethel  Presyterian  Church  for  the  Spring  meeting 
in  April. 

Rising  Vote  of  Thanks — The  Presbytery  gave  a  rising  vote 
of  thanks  to  Mr.  J.  Nick  Sloan,  Superintendent  of  Camp 
Stewart,  and  his  helpers  for  their  efforts  in  behalf  of  the 
Presbytery  during  the  meeting. 

The  Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

Presbytery  adjourned  with  Prayer  led  by  the  Rev.  S.  H. 
Zealy,  to  meet  at  9  A.M.  September  20,  1955  at  the  Sugaw 
Creek  Presbyterian  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

S.  H.  Hutchison,  Moderator 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 

B.  F.  Yandell,  Acting  Permanent  Clerk 

A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


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The  Two  Hundred  Tenth 
Stated  Session  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


Sugaw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
September  20,  1955 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundred 
Tenth  Stated  Meeting  in  the  Sugaw  Creek  Presbyterian 
Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C.  at  9  A.M.  on  the  above  date. 

The  Moderator,  the  Rev.  Sheldon  M.  Hutchison  led  the 
opening  worship  and  preached  the  opening  sermon  based  on 
Ephesians  4:1-16  on  the  subject  ''Ecclessiastical  Nomencla- 
ture." 

The  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper  was  observed.  It 
was  administered  by  Rev.  J.  W.  Grier  and  Rev.  W.  H.  John- 
ston assisted  by  the  Elders  of  the  Sugaw  Creek  Church. 

HISTORY  OF  THE  SUGAW  CREEK  CHURCH 

A  copy  of  "A  History  of  the  Sugaw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church" 
by  Rev.  Neil  R.  McGeachy  was  presented  to  Presbytery  by  the  host 
Pastor,  the  Rev.  Leslie  Thompson.  In  lieu  of  a  full  account  of  the 
two  hundred  years-long  history  of  the  Sugaw  Creek  Church,  the 
pastor  presented  Mr.  L.  P.  Hunter  who  gave  a  resume  of  the  past  ten 
years.   It  is  as  follows: 

Since  a  great  deal  of  the  history  of  Sugaw  Creek  Church  has 
already  been  presented  in  recent  months  in  the  historical  pageant, 
"Voice  in  the  Wilderness,"  and  Reverend  Neill  R.  McGeachy's  A  Histary 
of  the  Sugaw  Creek  Presbyterian  Church,  my  history  will  briefly  cover 
the  past  ten  years. 

Early  in  January,  1945,  Reverend  Neill  McGeachy  announced  to  the 
officers  of  Sugaw  Creek  that  he  was  accepting  a  call  to  the  First 
Presbyterian  Church,  Statesville,  North  Carolina. 

After  losing  a  pastor  who  had  served  us  well  through  most  of  the 
trying  years  of  World  War  II,  we  now  set  out  to  find  another  leader 
for  our  congregation.  Our  search  came  to  a  happy  conclusion  with  the 
acceptance  of  a  call  from  our  congregation  by  our  present  pastor,  the 
Reverend  A.  Leslie  Thompson,  who  with  his  wife  and  two  children 
moved  to  Sugaw  Creek  in  May,  1945. 


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While  our  Pulpit  Committee  searched  for  a  new  pastor  we  complertely 
renovated  the  Sugaw  Creek  Manse  from  top  to  bottom  at  a  cost  of 
approximately  twelve  thousand  dollars.  From  time  to  time  we  have 
made   additions   and   necessary  repairs   to   our   manse. 

Within  the  past  ten  years  we  have  covered  with  new  roofing  all  of 
the  buildings  on  the  church  property.  We  have  built  a  modern  Boy  Scout 
Hut  at  the  rear  of  a  large  play  area. 

The  old  Session  House  on  our  grounds,  where  many  of  our  elderly 
members  attended  school,  has  been  remodeled  within  the  past  ten  years, 
and  used  as  a  Sunday  School  classroom. 

Because  of  the  pressing  need  for  Sunday  School  space  in  1946,  we 
built  a  temporary  Adult  Educational  Building  at  a  cost  of  about  three 
thousand  dollars. 

During  the  year  1948  we  constructed  choir  elevations  for  both  Junior 
and  Senior  Choirs.  Within  the  ten  years  covered  by  this  report  we 
have  installed  a  memorial  organ  and  chimes  to  the  memory  of  those 
sons  of  Sugaw  Creek  who  gave  their  lives  for  our  country. 

All  groups  of  our  church  are  organized  and  our  music  department 
has  made  great  progress  under  the  leadership  of  choir  directors  and 
musicians  employed  by  our  church. 

Our  Women  of  the  Church  are  well  organized  with  thirteen  circles 
and  have,  on  more  than  one  occasion  in  the  past  decade,  shovim  the 
men  how  to  get  things  done.  They  conduct  Scripture  study  courses  and 
Bible  lectures  for  the  whole  congregation. 

Our  deacons  within  the  last  few  years  have  installed  the  rotary 
system,  and  report  good  results.  Our  elders  and  deacons  hold  regular 
joint  meetings  and  called  meetings  as  often  as  necessary. 

We  have  within  the  year,  districted  our  congregation  into  nineteen 
districts  with  one  deacon  and  one  elder  in  charge  of  each  district.  This 
aids  greatly  in  our  contacts  between  officers  and  members,  and  also 
supplements  our  pastor's  work. 

Our  Mens'  Club  functions  to  give  every  man  in  our  church  a  job, 
and  to  tie  him  closer  to  Christ  through  service. 

Our  full-time  director  of  Christian  education,  Miss  Margaret  Hood, 
integrates  the  work  of  our  various  departments,  and  works  diligently 
with  our  young  people  at  the  Pioneer  and  Senior  levels  as  well  as  with 
the  Westminster  Fellowship  Group. 

Other  of  our  youth  activities  include  our  Girl  Scouts,  Brownies, 
and  Boy  Scouts. 

So  far  I  have  told  you  about  some  of  our  buildings  and  the  various 
organizations.  Now  for  some  of  the  results  of  our  labors.  Within 
the  decade  we  have  had:  a  senior  elected  moderator  of  the  Assembly's 
Youth  Council;  a  candidate  received  by  the  Presbytery  for  the  gospel 
ministry;  one  young  woman  become  a  director  of  Christian  education; 
and  another  serving  as  a  secretary  for  an  executive  of  the  Synod  of 
North  Carolina.  At  present  we  have  two  young  people  seriously  con- 
sidering full-time  Christian  service — one,  the  ministry;  the  other.  World 
Mission  Service. 

Next  what  have  we  done  with  our  stewardship  program?  We  use 
the  every  member  canvass  system.  Our  giving  has  increased  approxi- 
mately four  hundred  per  cent  to  the  regular  budget,  benevolent  giving 


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has  increased  about  the  same  proportion.  Our  goal  is  to  reach  the  point 
where  we  give  to  benevolences  more  than  we  use  for  ourselves. 

We  have  maintained  a  good  record  for  prompt  payment  of  Presby- 
tery's askings  for  benevolent  causes  through  its  local  treasurer. 

What  has  Sugaw  Creek  done  in  ten  years  for  those  outside  the 
church?  We  have  organized  and  maintained  a  visitation  Evangelism 
Program,  supported  by  about  thirty  of  our  men  and  women.  This  one 
effort  has  brought  Christ  to  many  and  many  to  Christ. 

Our  outpost  Sunday  School,  conducted  by  our  laymen  and  laywomen, 
has  brought  in  recent  years,  fifteen  souls  to  Jesus  Christ. 

Our  pastor  and  members  of  the  Session  have  served  communion  to 
the  shut-in  members  of  our  congregation. 

How  well  have  we  persuaded  others  to  join  their  hearts  and  hands 
with  us  in  the  Lord's  work?  Our  Sessional  records  read  as  follows: 
three  hundred  and  sixty-three  by  certificate  and  two  hundred  and 
twenty-eight  on  profession  of  faith.  This  gives  us  an  average  of  a 
little  better  than  one  person  a  week. 

We  look  back  upon  the  past  with  grateful  hearts  for  God's  blessings 
upon  this  church  and  for  the  long  line  of  faithful  ministers  who  have 
served  us  so  well. 

Before  closing  let  us  turn  our  attention  to  the  preparations  we  have 
made  as  we  begin  our  third  century  of  service.  We  invite  you  to  see 
our  new  Educational  Building  and  Fellowship  Hall,  which  are  now 
nearing  completion.  These  facilities,  combined  with  our  present  ones, 
will  accommodate  more  than  eight  hundred  Sunday  School  pupils,  with 
room  for  approximately  three  hundred  in  our  dining  hall.  This  is  part 
of  Sugaw  Creek's  own  program  of  progress.  We  are  humbly  grateful 
to  our  Heavenly  Father  for  these  splendid  additions  to  be  used  in  His 
work. 

We  embark  upon  this  the  Master's  work  with  a  simple  faith  in 
Jesus  Christ,  a  certain  assurance  that  this  is  truly  God's  program  among 
men  to  bring  salavation  to  all  through  His  Church.  To  this  noble 
cause,  we  of  Sugaw  Creek,  dedicate  our  new  buildings.  May  all  who 
fall  within  the  shadow  of  Sugaw  Creek  be  blessed  as  we  have. 

The  Pastor,  Rev.  Leslie  Thompson  then  introduced  Mr.  Robert  W. 
McConnell,  Senior  Elder  of  the  Sugaw  Creek  Congregation.  Announce- 
ment was  made  of  the  Bi-centennial  Servies,  October  9-14,  1955.  The 
motion  was  made  to  adopt  the  reading  of  the  history  of  the  Church 
and  to  enter  it  into  the  record. 

Roll — The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled  during 
the  meeting: 

Ministers — J.  W.  Grier,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  W.  H.  Johnston,  B.  F. 
Yandell,  A.  T.  Taylor,  M.  B.  Price,  Jr.;  W.  B.  Neill,  R.  A.  Young, 
D.  K.  Snyder,  W.  T.  Smith,  R.  H.  Stone,  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  S.  M.  Inman, 

F.  C.  Pratt,  W.  M.  Walsh,  F.  S.  Johnston,  S.  M.  Glasgow,  A.  L.  Thomp- 
son, R.  F.  Whitley,  W.  L.  Hall,  T.  W.  MacLean,  John  A.  Carriker, 
Henry  S.  Robinson,  S.  M.  Hutchison,  C.  H.  Rowan,  R.  C.  Long,  H.  G. 
Bedinger,  C.  S.  Miller,  Ben  F.  Moore,  W.  M.  Cooper,  H.  D.  Hayward, 

G.  Dana  Waters,  S.  H.  Zealy,  W.  B.  McSwain,  Roy  E.  Hoke,  F.  C. 
Wilkinson,  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  E.  B.   Cooper,  Ira  H.  Rawles,  L.  I.   Stell, 


32  MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


J.  G.  Kirckhoff,  M.  G.  Lyerly,  R.  W.  Rayburn,  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  Hugh 

D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce,  R.  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  McLean,  R.  G.  Laurens, 
S.  W.  Yandle,  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.,  B.  F.  Ferguson,  J.  R.  Crook,  Sheldon 
A.  Koesy,  Crawford  A.  White,  J.  S.  Garner,  H.  S.  Schum,  S.  W.  Hogue, 
C.  McD.  Coffey,  L  Howard  Chadwick,  W.  S.  Boyce,  Robert  Turner, 
A.  A.  Allen,  Dwight  L.  Barker,  R.  V.  Colen,  W.  F.  Mitchell,  W.  T. 
Taylor,  M.  B.  Dudley,  F.  C.  Holder,  C.  D.  Caldwell,  Hugh  M.  Jefferson, 
M.  R.  Williamson,  E.  L.  Stoffel,  James  L.  Doom,  T.  Duke  Williams, 
W.  E.  Lytch,  J.  S.  McClure,  W.  N.  Clark,  S.  A.  Ritchie,  Grady  E.  Dixon, 

E.  A.    McLeod,   Claude    G.    Pepper,   and    0.   W.    Perrell— 83. 

Ruling  Elders — J.  N.  Auten,  Albemarle  First;  L.  D.  Campbell,  Amity; 
J.  E.  Kimbril,  Avondale;  A.  C.  Gardner,  Badin;  Lester  L.  Carter,  Banks; 
O.  V.  Morton,  Benton  Heights;  Arthur  Brown,  Nethel;  D.  A.  Monroe, 
Biscoe;  E.  R.  McAuley,  Caldwell  Memorial;  Jesse  W.  Morris,  Camden; 
H.  Page  McAuley,  Candor;  J.  M.  Hayes,  Central  Steele  Creek;  J.  G. 
Todd,  Charlotte  First;  Earl  B.  Clanton,  Clanton  Memorial;  C.  Clarence 
Austin,  Commonwealth;  J.  R.  Thompson,  Cook's  Memorial;  T.  B.  Fidler, 
Cornelius;  M.  C.  Bailey,  P.  C.  Gurley,  H.  J.  Allison,  Covenant;  C.  W. 
Todd,  Eastminster;  Ralph  L.  Cox,  Ellerbe  First;  R.  W.  Blackwelder,  Jr., 
Forest  Hill;  L.  S.  Brown,  Hamlet  First;  A.  R.  Shaw,  Jr.,  Indian  Hill; 
E.  J.  Stinson,  Indian  Trail;  E.  R.  Holley,  Locust;  J.  R.  Lewis,  Macedonia; 
J.  A.  Kirk,  Mallard  Creek;  W.  R.  Gibson,  Mark's  Creek;  Fred  L.  Plyler, 
Marshville;  J.  W.  Russell,  Matthews;  W.  0.  Johnston,  McGee;  John  R. 
Litaker,  McQuay  Memorial;  Carl  McCain,  Monroe  First;  A.  B.  Craven, 
Mt.  Carmel;  J.  E.  Poe,  Mt.  Gilead;  D.  P.  Rhyne,  Mulberry;  Everitt 
Bierman,  Myers  Park;  C.  C.  Moore,  New  Salem;  John  R.  Russell,  Newell; 
W.  H.  Henderson,  North  Charlotte;  David  C.  Lee.  Norwood;  J.  R.  Win- 
gate,  Paw  Creek;  Olin  Mullis,  Philadelphia;  R.  B.  Johnston,  Jr.,  Pineville; 
J.  L.  Fesperman,  Plaza;  J.  B.  Currence,  Pleasant  Hill;  L.  Carl  Harper, 
Providence;  E.  S.  Barnhardt,  Ramah;  L.  A.  Kelly,  Rockingham  First; 
Amon  Currie,  Rourk;  W.  P.  Summerville,  St.  Andrews;  J.  L.  Nance, 
St.  Paul;  Perry  L.  Alexander,  Sardis;  Edwin  L.  Dean,  Selwyn  Avenue; 
A.  C.  Williams,  Sharon;  R.  A.  Plyler,  Jr.,  Six  Mile  Creek;  Charles  L. 
Spencer,  Jr.,  South  Park;  R.  W.  McConnell,  Sugaw  Creek;  J.  C.  Brumley, 
Sr.,  Tenth  Avenue;  H.  P.  Cathey,  Thomasboro;  W.  J.  McKinnon,  Wades- 
boro;  B.  S.  McWhorter,  Walkersville;  T.  R.  Nisbet,  Waxhaw;  Herbert 
McCall,  West  Avenue;  Neal  A.  Ranson,  Westminster;  C.  F.  Jackson, 
Westover  Hills;  H.  G.  Stancil,  Williams  Memorial;  T.  A.  Greene, 
Wilmore— 72. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time  were 
introduced. 

The  following  ministers  were  introduced  to  Presbytery  and 
invited  to  sit  as  visiting  brethren :  Rev.  Wm.  J.  Wylie,  Rogers 
Memorial  A.R.P.  Church,  Rock  Hill,  S.  C. ;  Rev.  W.  H.  Corkey, 
Albemarle  Presbytery;  Rev.  Joseph  Hopper,  Lexington- 
Ebenezer  Presbytery;  Rev.  John  A.  McLaney,  Louisville 
Presbytery. 

Moderator  Elected — Ruling  Elder  Legette  Blythe,  Mod- 
erator-in-Nomination  was  elected  Moderator. 


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Report  of  Committee  on  Arrangements — The  Committee 
on  Arrangements  made  the  following  report  which  was 
adopted : 

Your  Committee  on  Arrangements  recommends  that 
Presbytery  follow  the  printed  docket  noting  these  three 
things : 

1.  The  first  order  after  lunch  is  to  nominate  Moderator 
for  next  meeting. 

2.  The  second  order  after  lunch  be  provided  to  hear  a 
brief  report  from  the  Christian  Education  Committee. 

3.  Recess    for    lunch    at    12:30    P.M.    to    reconvene    at 
1:30  P.M. 

THE  DOCKET 

1.  Opening  Exercises — Sermon  by  the  Retiring  Moderator — Rev.  S.  M. 

Hutchison. 

2.  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper. 

3.  Memorials. 

4.  History    of    the    Sugaw    Creek    Presbyterian    Church — Rev.    A.    L. 

Thompson. 

5.  Enrollment — Members  of  the  Presbytery;  Visiting  Brethren;  Intro- 

duction of  Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time. 

6.  Election    of    Moderator — Dr.    Legette    Blythe,    Nominee. 

7.  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson. 

8.  Appointment  of  Standing  Committees. 

1.  Bills    and    Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Assembly's  Minutes. 

9.  Communications. 

10.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

11.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

12.  Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 

13.  Reports  of  Executive  and  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Presbytery's  Council — Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce. 

2.  Ministerial  Education — Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters. 

3.  Homes — Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger. 

4.  Nominations — Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer. 

14.  Report  of  Standing  Committees.  (See  8  above.) 

15.  Unfinished  Business. 

16.  New  Business. 


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17.  Place  of  Next  Meeting. 

18.  Nomination  of  Moderator.    (First  Order  after  lunch.) 

19.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

20.  Adjournment. 

Appointment    of    Standing    Committees — The    Moderator 
appointed  the  following  Standing  Committees: 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures:  Rev.  Shelton  M.  Hutchison,  Chairman;  Rev. 
M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  L.  P.  Hunter,  Jr.,  E.  R.  McAuley. 

2.  Installations:  Rev.  B.  F.  Yandell,  Chairman;  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce, 
Jr.,  Henry  J.  Allison,  J.  H.  Hayes. 

3.  Judicial  Business:  Rev.  Q.  N.  Hunneycutt,  Chairman;  Rev.  C.  G. 
McClure,  Mr.  John  R.  Litaker,  Mr.  M.  C.  Bailey. 

4.  Resolutions:  Rev.  E.  Lee  Stoffel,  Chairman;  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce, 
Mr.  H.  G.  Stancil,  Mr.  J.  N.  Auten. 

5.  Assembly's  Minutes:  Rev.  D.  K.  Snyder,  Rev.  Roy  F.  Whitley, 
Mr.  T.  R.  Nisbet,  Mr.  A.  M.  Cathey. 

Communications — The    following    Communications    were 
read  and  disposed  of  as  indicated : 

1.  From  the  following  ministers  requests  asking  for  excuse  from  this 
meeting  of  Presbytery,  Rev.  W.  J.  Hunneycutt,  Rev.  W.  D.  Lively,  Rev. 
J.  A.  Jones,  Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  and  Rev.  Cecil  Lawrence.  Requests 
were  granted. 

2.  From  the  Elders  of  the  Smallwood  and  Sunset  Hills  Churches 
asking  for  excused  absence  from  Presbytery  due  to  work.  These 
requests  were  granted 

3.  From  Rev.  Carl  Miller  reporting  his  attendance  at  the  General 
Assembly  in  Richmond.    Report  was  received  as  information. 

4.  From  Board  of  Christian  Education  regarding  scholarships  be 
placed  in  the  hands  of  the  Christian  Education  Committee.  Motion  to  be 
so  done  was  granted. 

5.  From  the  General  Secretary  of  the  Synod  of  N.  C.  requesting 
the  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His  Work  to  please  present  its 
minutes  on  actions  taken  in  line  with  Paragraph  92  of  Book  of  Church 
Order.    Request  referred  to  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  his  work. 

6.  From  Board  of  Church  Extension,  Division  of  Christian  Relations 
requesting  Churches  to  place  the  work  of  Christian  Relations  on  the 
Church  Calendar  for  January.    Request  was  received  as  information. 

7.  From  the  Office  of  the  Stated  Clerk  of  the  General  Assembly  a 
compilation  of  actions  taken  by  the  General  Assembly  relative  to  the 
work  of  the  Church.   This  was  read  and  received  as  information. 

Report  of  the  Commission  on  Minister  and  His  Work — The 

Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His  Work  reported  through 
its  chairman,  Rev.  Roswell  Long  and  the  following  report 
was  admitted  to  the  record: 


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Your  Commission  has  approved  Rev.  Claude  G.  Pepper  for  a  call  to 
the  Matthews  Church,  and  we  hold  that  call  properly  made  out  by  the 
church,  ready  to  be  presented  to  him  after  examination  by  Presbytery. 

We  also  have  calls  ready  for  presentation  to  Rev.  0.  W.  Perrell  to 
the  Waxhaw  Church;  and  to  Rev.  J.  E.  Forgartie  to  the  Myers  Park 
Church. 

We  call  attention  to  the  availability  of  Rev.  W.  B.  H.  Corkey  for 
Supply  Work.  Mr.  Corkey,  now  residing  within  our  bounds  is  a  member 
of  Albemarle  Presbytery.  He  was  for  14  years  a  missionary  in 
Manchuria,  and  served  the  Lord  in  many  areas  of  the  ministry  as  a  most 
faithful  leader. 

For  the  Commission 
Roswell  Long,  Chairman 

Ministers  Received — The  following  certificates  of  transfer 
were  presented  for  ministers  seeking  membership  in  Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery:  Rev.  0.  W.  Perrell,  Lexington  Presby- 
tery; Rev.  Claude  G.  Pepper,  Albemarle  Presbytery.  These 
certificates  were  found  in  order  and  Presbytery  proceeded  to 
examine  them  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Book 
of  Church  Order.  The  examination  as  a  whole  was  approved 
as  satisfactory.  Upon  the  signing  of  the  Covenant,  these 
were  enrolled  as  members  of  the  Presbytery.  Calls  were  placed 
in  their  hands  and  were  accepted.  Commissions  were  appointed 
to  install  them.    (See  Report  of  Committee  on  Installations.) 

Report  of  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — The 

Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  made  the  following  report 
which  was  adopted: 

It  is  with  gratitude  and  praise  unto  God  that  the  Committee  on 
Ministerial  Education  reports: 

52  candidates  for  the  Gospel  ministry  and  1  candidate  for  lay  service 
under  the  care  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery. 

4  of  these  candidates  are  in  an  inactive  status  ... 

3  are  presently  serving  in  the  armed  forces  ... 
24  are  in  their  college  preparation  .  .  .  and 
21  are  studying  at  seminary. 

Grades  and  accompanying  comments  from  the  various  colleges  and 
seminaries  on  their  work  has  been  good.  The  majority  of  our  candidates 
have  reported  on  their  summer  activities. 

May  we  emphasize  again  the  continual  need  for  challenging  the 
youth  of  our  congregations  with  the  call  to  the  Christian  ministry  and 
Christian  lay  service. 

We  would  present  to  Presbytery  a  young  lady  who  desires  to  be 
received  as  a  candidate  for  lay  service  .  .  .  and  seven  young  men  who 
are  asking  to  be  enrolled  as  candidates  for  the  ministry: 

1.    Miss  Florence  Kelly  Monroe,  is  a  member  of  the  Biscoe  Presby- 
terian Church.    Miss  Monroe  is  a  graduate  of  Bob  Jones  University 


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and  has  served  in  the  First  Presbyterian  Church  of  Sweetwater, 
Tennessee  as  a  Director  of  Christian  Education.  She  also  taught 
junior  and  senior  English  and  speech  in  the  Sweetwater  High  School. 
Miss  Monroe  is  enrolled  at  Assembly's  Training  School  where  she 
has  begun  her  studies  this  fall. 

2.  Mr.  Michael  Louis  Andrews,  a  member  of  the  Caldwell  Memorial 
Presbyterian  is  a  student  at  Presbyterian  College  in  his  second 
year.  He  plans  to  attend  Columbia  Seminary  upon  completing  his 
college  study. 

3.  Mr.  James  Patterson  Fleming  is  a  member  of  the  Selwyn  Ave. 
Presbyterian  Church.  He  is  a  graduate  of  Presbyterian  College 
and  is  enrolled  at  Columbia  Seminary  where,  pending  his  reception 
as  a  candidate,  he  will  begin  his  theological  studies  tomorrow. 

4.  Mr.  John  Edwin  Kimbril  is  a  member  of  the  Avondale  Presbyterian 
Church,  and  is  a  first  year  student  at  Davidson  College.  He  is 
president  of  the  Presbyterian  Youth  Fellowship  of  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery  for  the  current  year,  as  such  is  serving  as  an  ex- 
officio  member  of  Presbytery's  Committee  on  Christian  Education. 

5.  Mr.  John  Vernon  Lawing,  Jr.  is  a  member  of  the  Caldwell  Memorial 
Presbyterian  Church.  He  is  in  his  senior  year  at  Gordon  Divinity 
School,  Beverly  Farms,  Mass.  He  plans  to  take  an  additional  year 
of  study  at  Columbia  Theological  Seminary  prior  to  his  licensure 
and  ordination.    Mr.  Lawing  is  married  and  has  a  small  son. 

6.  Mr.  William  Everand  Massey,  Jr.,  is  a  member  of  the  Covenant 
Presbyterian  Church.  He  is  a  graduate  of  Duke  University  and  the 
Duke  University  School  of  Forestry,  holding  both  A.B.  and  M.F. 
degrees.  He  has  served  as  a  Naval  Aviator  for  two  years.  Mr. 
Massey  is  married  and  has  entered  Union  Theological  Seminary  this 
fall  to  begin  his  seminary  work. 

7.  Mr.  Zane  Marshall  Moore  is  a  member  of  the  New  Salem  Presby- 
terian Church.  He  is  a  junior  at  Elon  College  and  upon  completion 
of  his  college  work  expects  to  attend  Union  Seminary.  Mr.  Moore's 
college  work  was  interrupted  by  military  service.  Prior  to  this 
service  he  attended  Wingate  Junior  College  and  Queens  College. 

8.  Mr.  John  Robert  Turner,  is  a  member  of  the  Covenant  Presbyterian 
Church.  He  is  a  first  year  student  at  Davidson  College.  He  gradu- 
ated from  Darlington  Preparatory  School  at  Rome,  Georgia,  this 
past  spring  and  plans  attending  Union  Seminary  upon  completion 
of  his  college  work. 

Your  committee  has  met  with  all  of  these  prospective  candidates — ^we 
have  been  impressed  with  their  consecration  and  sense  of  call.  They 
come  before  Presbytery  highly  recommended  by  their  sessions  and 
pastors  and  friends. 

We  recommend  that  Miss  Monroe  be  received  as  a  candidate  for  lay 
service,  and  that  Messrs.  Andrews,  Fleming,  Kimbril,  Lawing,  Massey, 
Moore  and  Turner  be  received  as  candidates  for  the  ministry  upon 
approval  by  Presbytery  of  their  examinations. 

Candidates  Received — The  Committee  on  Ministerial  Edu- 
cation presented  the  following  young  men  and  young  lady 
seeking  to  be  taken  under  the  care  of  Presbytery  as  Candi- 
dates for  the  Gospel  Ministry  and  Candidate  for  Lay  Chris- 


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tian  Worker:  Messrs.  Andrews,  Fleming,  Kimbril,  Lawing, 
Massey,  Moore,  Turner,  and  Miss  Florence  Monroe  for  lay 
service. 

Upon  the  recommendation  of  the  Committee  Presbytery 
proceeded  to  their  examination  in  accordance  with  the  pro- 
visions of  the  Book  of  Church  Order.  The  examination  was 
approved  as  satisfactory  and  they  were  received  under  the 
care  of  Presbytery  as  Candidates.  The  Rev.  Robert  Turner 
gave  a  brief  charge  and  Rev.  Frank  Wilkinson  led  in  a  prayer 
of  dedication. 

Other  Commissions — The  following  Commissions  appointed 
by  Presbytery  to  ordain  and  install  pastors  made  reports 
which  were  admitted  to  the  record. 

1.  To  ordain  and  install  Mr.  Edward  A.   McLeod. 

The  Commission  appointed  to  ordain  and  install  Edward  A.  McLeod 
met  at  the  Morven  Presbyterian  Church  Sunday,  July  24th  at  3  P.M. 
The  commission  was  constituted  with  prayer  and  the  following  were 
present:  Dr.  W.  M.  Walsh,  chairman;  Dr.  R.  H.  Stone;  R.  G.  Laurens; 
W.  N.  Clark,  Jr.;  and  Elder  Rufus  A.  Grier.  W.  N.  Clark,  Jr.  was 
elected  clerk.  The  commission  met  with  the  congregation  in  a  service  of 
worship,  with  the  chairman  presiding.  The  following  parts  were  taken: 
The  sermon  was  delivered  by  Dr.  W.  M.  Walsh  entitled,  "The  Compul- 
sions of  Jesus."  The  constitutional  questions  were  propounded  by  Dr. 
Walsh.  Following  this  was  the  laying  on  of  hands  by  the  commission  and 
all  of  the  elders  present.  Dr.  Stone  led  the  ordination  prayer.  Dr. 
Walsh  declared  that  Edward  A.  McLeod  was  duly  called,  ordained,  and 
installed  as  the  pastor  of  the  Morven  Presbyterian  Church.  Elder 
Rufus  Grier  gave  the  charge  to  the  pastor.  Rev.  Laurens  gave  the 
charge  to  the  congregation.  Rev.  Clark  had  the  closing  prayer.  After 
the  singing  of  a  hymn  the  benediction  was  pronounced  by  Rev.  McLeod. 

The  commission  was  in  recess  until  8  P.M.  in  the  evening  at  the 
Camden  Presbyterian  Church  at  which  time  the  sermon  was  preached 
by  W.  N.  Clark  entiled  "The  Meaning  of  Service  for  the  Christian." 
Dr.  Walsh  propounded  the  constitutional  questions.  The  installation 
prayer  was  led  by  Rev.  Laurens.  Elder  Grier  charged  the  pastor.  Dr. 
Stone  gave  the  charge  to  the  congregation.  Rev.  Edward  A.  McLeod 
was  declared  duly  called  and  installed  as  the  pastor  of  the  Camden 
Presbyterian  Church.  After  the  singing  of  a  hymn,  Rev.  Ed  McLeod 
pronounced  the  benediction.  The  Commission  read  and  approved  the 
minutes  and  was  adjourned  with  prayer. 

W.  N.  Clark,  Jr.,  Clerk 

2.  To  ordain  and  install  Mr.  G.  Eliot  Dixon. 

The  Commission  appointed  by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  ordain 
and  install  Rev.  G.  Eliot  Dixon  as  Pastor  of  W.  H.  Belk  Presbyterian 
Church  met  in  the  Pastor's  study  at  7  P.M.,  Sunday,  July  24,  1955. 

The  Commission  was  called  to  order  and  opened  with  prayer  by 
the  Chairman,  Rev.  Dana  Waters.  Rev.  W.  B.  McSwain  was  elected 
clerk  of  the   Commission.    Members   present  were:    Rev.   Dana   Waters, 


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Rev.  Ted  Smith,  Rev.  W.  B.  Mc Swain,  and  elder,  P.  S.  Snipes.  Rev. 
W.  R.  Ratchford  of  Kings  Mountain  Presbytery  was  invited  to  sit 
with  the  Commission.  Parts  assigned  by  Presbytery  as  follows:  Rev. 
Dana  Waters  to  preside  and  propound  the  constitutional  questions,  Rev. 
W.  R.  Ratchford  of  Kings  Mountain  Presbytery  to  preach  the  sermon, 
Rev.  W.  B.  Mc  Swain  to  charge  the  Pastor,  Rev.  Ted  Smith  to  charge 
the  congregation.  After  a  brief  explanation  of  the  procedure  of  the 
service  the  Commission  went  to  the  Sanctuary  for  their  worship  service. 

Rev.  Dana  Waters  presided  over  the  service,  the  invocation  was  led 
by  Elder,  P.  S.  Snipes.  Rev.  W.  R.  Ratchford  brought  an  inspiring 
message  on  the  subject:  "Grow  Up,"  using  Col.  3:8-17  as  the  basis 
of  his  message.  After  the  sermon  followed  the  impressive  ordination 
service  by  the  laying  on  of  hands  by  the  members  of  the  Commission. 
Questions  being  answered  by  the  Candidate,  G.  Eliot  Dixon  and  the 
Congregation  in  the  affirmative,  Mr.  Dixon  was  declared  ordained  and 
installed  Pastor  of  the  Church.  Then  followed  a  charge  to  the  Pastor 
by  Rev.  W.  B.  McSwain.  Rev.  Ted  Smith  gave  a  charge  to  the  congre- 
gation. The  Benediction  was  pronounced  by  the  Pastor,  Rev.  G.  Eliot 
Dixon. 

At  the  conclusion  of  the  service  in  the  Sanctuary,  the  Commissioned 
retired  to  the  Pastor's  study.  Minutes  were  read  and  approved.  Com- 
mission dismissed  with  prayer  by  Rev.  Dana  Waters. 

Signed 

W.  B.  McSwain,  Clerk 

3.  To  install  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr. 

The  Commission  appointed  by  the  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  install 
the  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  as  pastor  of  the  St.  Paul  Presbyterian 
Church,  of  Charlotte,  met  in  the  pastor's  study  at  7:45,  July  24,  1955. 
The  entire  Commission  was  present:  Rev.  Fred  C.  Holder,  Moderator, 
Dr.  C.  G.  Sellars,  and  Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr. 

The  meeting  was  opened  with  prayer  by  Dr.  Boyce.  Mr.  Kerr  was 
elected  Clerk.  The  parts  of  the  installation  having  been  assigned  by 
the  Presbytery,  the  Commission  took  recess  to  the  sanctuary  for  the 
worship  service  and  installation.  The  Rev.  Fred  C.  Holder  presided. 
Rev.  Russell  M.  Kerr  preached  the  sermon  on  the  theme,  "We  believe 
in  the  Church."  The  constitutional  questions  and  declaration  of  installa- 
tion were  given  by  Mr.  Holder.  Dr.  W.  M.  Boyce  charged  the  pastor. 
Mr.  Philip  F.  Howerton  charged  the  congregation.  The  service  was 
concluded  with  the  benediction  by  the  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr. 

Following  the  service,  the  Commission  met.  Minutes  were  read 
and  approved,  and  the  meeting  was  adjourned  with  prayer  by  Mr. 
Howerton. 

(Signed) 

Fred  C.  Holder,   Moderator 

(Signed) 

Russell  M.  Kerr,  Clerk 

4.  To  install  Rev.  Stuart  A.  Ritchie. 

The  commission  appointed  by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  install  the 
Reverend  Stuart  A.  Ritchie  as  pastor  of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church 
of  Troy,  North  Carolina  met  in  the  pastor's  study  at  7:30  o'clock  P.M. 
on  August  28,  1955. 


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Reverened  George  Fletcher  of  the  Ellerbe  Presbyterian  Church  pre- 
sided. Present  were  the  members  of  the  commission  as  appointed  by 
Presbytery;  ruling  elder  Horace  McCall,  Jr.,  Revs.  George  Fletcher, 
A.  Leslie  Thompson,  and  S.  W.  Yandle.  After  the  prayer  by  Reverend 
S.  W.  Yandle,  the  commission  elected  Reverend  Fletcher  moderator 
of  the  commission  and  elder  Horace  McCall,  Jr.  as  clerk  of  the  com- 
mission. The  parts  of  the  installation  were  assigned.  The  commission 
took  recess  to  the  sanctuary  of  the  Troy  Presbyterian  Church  for  the 
worship  service  and  for  the  actual  installation.  During  that  service, 
Reverend  George  Fletcher  presided.  Reverend  A.  Leslie  Thompson  led 
in  prayer.  The  scripture  and  sermon  were  delivered  by  Reverend  S.  W. 
Yandle  on  the  theme  of  the  christians  positions  in  the  world.  The 
constitutional  questions  and  declaration  of  installation  were  given  by 
Reverend  Fletcher.  Elder  Horace  McCall,  Jr.  charged  the  congregation 
and  the  charge  to  the  minister  was  given  by  Reverend  A.  Leslie  Thomp- 
son.   Reverend  Ritchie  concluded  the  service  with  the  benediction. 

Following  the  service,  the  commission  met  and  approved  the 
minutes  of  the  commission.  The  transactions  of  the  commission  were 
concluded   with   prayei*   by   Reverend    George   Fletcher. 

Horace  McCall,  Jr.,  Clerk 

Report  of  Presbytery's  Council — The  Council  reported 
through  its  Chairman,  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce.  The  report  sub- 
mitted was  read  and  was  adopted: 

The  Council  met  in  Selwyn  Avenue  Church  on  September 
16  at  3  P.M.  Dr.  Legette  Blythe,  nominee  for  moderator,  was 
welcomed  as  a  visitor. 

The  docket  for  Presbytery  was  endorsed.  The  committee 
on  Christian  Education  was  given  ten  minutes  following  the 
first  order  after  lunch. 

The  following  budget  for  Presbytery's  office  is  presented: 

Executive  Secretary  Salary $  4,400.00 

Manse  Allowance   1,200.00 

Car  Allowance    1,000.00 

Minister's  Annuity 330.00 

Office  of  Secretary 2,700.00 

Social  Security     60.00 

Office  Expense 1,500.00 

Office  Equipment    300.00 

Total $11,490.00 

At  the  July  meeting  of  our  Presbytery  the  Assembly  and 
Synodical  askings  of  $475,066.00  (Assembly  $300,040;  Synod 
$175,026)  were  accepted.  Our  Presbyterial  budget  is  $98,- 
000.00     (Church    Extension    $90,000;    Christian    Education 


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$8,000).    This  total  budget  of  $573,066.00  is  apportioned  to 
the  churches  according  to  the  formula  and  is  as  follows : 


APPORTIONMENTS  TO  THE  CHURCHES  FOR   1956 


Albemarle  First   7431 

Albemarle    Second    3191 

Alton   822 

Amay  James   631 

Amity    3152 

Avondale     6685 

Badin     2884 

Banks    746 

Benton   Heights    2350 

Bethany    248 

Bethel    1968 

Bethlehem     1567 

Beulah 516 

Biscoe    2292 

Caldwell  Memorial 21528 

Camden  1051 

Cameronian    1223 

Camp    Greene    3305 

Candor    1318 

Central  Steele  Creek 3036 

Charlotte    First 43343 

Clanton   Memorial    2331 

Commonwealth    7068 

Cooks  Memorial    6628 

Cornelius     973 

Covenant    62771 

Eastminster   1719 

East  Monroe    688 

Ellerbe  First   2064 

Hamlet  First 6017 

Hawley  Memorial 114 

Hopewell     5826 

Huntersville  6476 

Indian  Hill 420 

Indian  Trail  1490 

Locust   1528 

Macedonia    1356 

Mallard  Creek 4947 

Marks  Creek   1833 

Marshville     1795 

Marston    650 

Matthews    2349 

McGee     2044 

McLean     726 

McQuay     1547 

Monroe    First    10220 

Morgan  Memorial 153 

Morris  Field    802 


Morven    974 

Mt.   Carmel    803 

Mt.  Gilead    1968 

Mulberry 7833 

Myers  Park    102750 

Nevin     3342 

New   Salem    439 

Newell     1910 

Norman     592 

North  Charlotte    2809 

Norwood   2101 

Oakboro    440 

Pageland     1433 

Park   Ave 763 

Paw  Creek   7011 

Pee   Dee    536 

Philadelphia  7221 

Pineville    2140 

Plaza    12894 

Pleasant  Hill  1758 

Providence    3687 

Ramah     1872 

Rehoboth    267 

Ridgecrest    822 

Robinson     2216 

Rockingham  First    5731 

Rourk    1223 

St.   Andrews    3248 

St.   Paul    4853 

Salem    535 

Sardis    7698 

Seigle  Ave 3476 

Selwyn  Ave 9646 

Sharon     6017 

Siler     879 

Six  Mile  Creek   325 

Smallwood    1356 

South   Park    2177 

Steele   Creek    19235 

Star   229 

Stephenson     344 

Sugaw   Creek    13868 

Sunset  Hills   3324 

Tenth    Ave 7985 

Thomasboro    8654 

Trinity     15453 

Troy     2121 

Turner     802 


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Unionville 191      Westminster     7049 

Wadesboro    3056      Westover  Hills    6398 

Walkerville     1434      Williams   Memorial    5750 

Watson  Heights    955      Wilmore    6093 

Waxhaw    1453      W.  H.  Belk 937 

West  Ave 8176 

These  are  the  percentages  for  1956 

Assembly  Causes: 

World    Missions    151338  26.4 

Church    Extension    64204  11.2 

Christian   Education    24650  4.3 

Annuities   &   Relief    20064  3.5 

General  Fund    38981  6.8 

Inter  Church  Agencies    1146  .2 

Total    300383  52.4 

Synod  Causes: 

Church    Extension    18344  3.2 

Presbyterian    Home — Regular     8025  1.4 

Presbyterian    Home — Special    2866  .5 

Presbyterian  Orphan's  Home — Regular   18917  3.3 

Presbyterian   Orphan's    Home — Special    24650  4.3 

Christian    Education    12038  2.1 

Educational  Institutions    81975  14.3 

Campus  Christian  Life   7452  1.3 

N.  C.  Council  of  Churches    573  .1 

Total    174840  30.5 

Presbytery  Causes: 

Church    Extension    90000  15.7 

Christian    Education    8025  1.4 

Total    98025  17.1 

The  items  "Presbyterian  Home — Special"  and  "Presbyterian  Orphan's 
Home — Special"  are  expected  to  be  taken  care  of  by  special  offerings. 
Any  special  offerings  taken  and  sent  into  the  Presbytery's  office  for 
these  items  can  be  applied  as  a  credit  on  the  church's  apportionment  to 

the  extent  but  not  in  excess  of  the  percentages  shown  for  these  items 
in  this  budget. 


The  quotas  to  local  churches  were  obtained  by  the  formula  used 
last  year,  viz. — one  third  (1/3)  apportioned  on  the  basis  of  membership; 
one  third  (1/3)  on  contributions  to  Assembly,  Synod  and  Presbytery 
causes  for  the  last  three  years;  and  one  third  (1/3)  for  total  contribu- 
tions, less  building  expenses  for  the  last  three  years. 

The  Council  has  been  investigating  the  possibility  of  a  full  time 
Chaplain  at  Presbyterian  Hospital.  A  definite  proposal  will  come  before 
Presbytery  in  the  near  future.  This  effort  has  the  hearty  support  of 
Dr.  C.  M.  Boyd,  our  present  hospital  visitor. 


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Your  Council  has  made  plans  to  carry  out  the  suggested  Every 
Church  Canvass  as  outlined  by  our  General  Council  and  adopted  by 
General  Assembly  and  our  Presbytery.  This  plan  calls  for  visitation 
with  the  combined  officers  of  each  congregation.  The  objective  is  to 
deepen  our  congregational  interest  in  the  benevolent  causes  of  our 
church  and  to  encourage  the  payment  of  the  benevolent  budget  monthly 
so  that  the  several  causes  may  have  operational  accounts  without  borrow- 
ing. The  Council  requests  the  support  of  each  church  in  this  important 
endeavor. 

We  call  your  attention  to  the  fact  that  Presbytery's  office  and  Camp 
Stewart — as  well  as  our  per  capita  askings  of  Assembly  and  Synod 
are  paid  out  of  our  Presbyterial  askings  of  $1  per  member  per  year. 
While  not  a  part  of  our  benevolent  budget  these  are  gifts  for  the 
on-going  of  our  work,  on  the  levels  of  Assembly,  Synod  and  Presbytery. 

Respectfully  submitted, 
W.  M.  Boyce,  Chairman 

Rev.  Sam  Inman  was  asked  to  make  a  statement  for  the 
Stewardship  Committee  regarding  the  projected  plan  for  the 
Every  Church  Canvass.  A  motion  was  made  instructing 
the  Office  of  Presbytery  to  break  down  the  apportionment 
for  each  church  three  ways,  membership,  contributions  for 
the  past  three  years,  and  for  total  contributions  less  building 
funds. 

Rev.  David  E.  Wilkinson  presented  Mr.  John  Kimbril, 
President  of  Presbyterian  Youth  Fellowship  of  Mecklenburg 
Presbytery  who  made  an  oral  report  on  youth  activities.  A 
Convention  for  Youth  in  North  Carolina  was  announced  as 
set  for  December  27th  at  Davidson  College.  A  Training  School 
for  Leaders  and  Commission  Chairmen  is  being  planned  for 
February  4th  and  5th. 

Announcement  was  made  of  the  publication  of  the  his- 
torical drama  ''Voice  in  the  Wilderness''  written  by  Dr. 
LeGette  Blythe  and  presented  in  Southern  States  Fair 
Grounds  June  21st,  22nd,  23,  1955. 

Presbytery  took  recess  for  Lunch  at  12 :30  P.M.  being  led 
in  prayer  by  Rev.  C.  G.  McClure. 

AFTERNOON  SESSION 

Presbytery  reconvened  after  Lunch  at  1:30  P.M.  and  was 
constituted  by  prayer  led  by  Rev.  Stewart  Yandle. 

Moderator-In-Nomination  Named — Rev.  Sam  Zealy  was 
elected  as  Moderator  in  Nomination  for  the  next  stated 
meeting  of  Presbytery. 


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Homes — The  Committee  on  Homes  made  a  report  consist- 
ing of  interesting  information  on  the  progress  of  each.  The 
report  was  received  as  information  and  the  recommendations 
adopted  as  follows: 

1.  That  the  management  of  the  Homes  be  commended 
for  their  fine  service. 

2.  That  they  be  commended  to  the  Churches  of  Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery  for  their  continued  support  by  prayer  and 
contributions,  especially  at  times  for  special  emphasis;  viz. 
the  Thanksgiving  offering  for  the  Presbyterian  Home  for 
Orphans,  and  Mother's  Day  for  the  Presbyterian  Home,  Inc. 

Committee  on  Nominations — The  Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters  in 
the  absence  of  the  Chairman,  Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  made 
the  report  for  the  Committee.  Appointments  to  Committees 
were  read  and  approved.  The  following  recommendation  pre- 
sented by  the  Committee  was  read  and  adopted: 

We  recommend  that  Presbytery's  Manual  be 
changed  so  that  the  Committee  on  Nominations 
make  its  annual  report  at  the  Summer  meeting  of 
Presbytery  in  order  to  bring  our  work  in  line 
with  Synod's  year  which  closes  July  31st. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Nominations — It  was  the  desire 
of  your  Committee  to  distribute  the  offices  of  Presbytery  to 
an  even  wider  group  of  ministers,  Elders  and  Churches  of 
Presbytery.    We  herewith  submit  our  report: 

1.  OflScers  of  Presbytery 

Rev.  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk  (1958) 

2.  Trustees: 

1.  Davidson— Class    of    1959— Rev.    Jas.    A.    Jones,    Mr.    I.    W. 
Stewart,  Charlotte. 

2.  Presbytery:    Class  of  1958 — Mr.  John  S.  Cansler,  Chairman. 

3.  Commissions 

The    Minister    and    His    Work— Class    of    1958 — Chairman,    Rev. 
Henry  B.  Robinson,  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper,  Mr.  Charles  A.  Hunter. 

4.  Committees 

1.    Assembly's  Work 

Sub-Committee  on  World  Missions — Class  of  1958 — Rev.  F.  C. 
Pratt. 

Sub-Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief — Class  of  1958 — Rev. 
W.  M.  Boyce. 

Sub-Committee  on  Woman's  Work — Class  of  1958 — Rev.  G.  A. 
Fletcher,  Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison,  chairman. 


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Sub-Committee  on  Assembly's  Special  Causes — Class  of  1958 — 
Mr.  T.  M.  Barnhardt. 

2.  Church  Extension: 

Sub-Committee   on   Christian   Relations — Class   of    1958 — Rev. 

C.  H.  Rowan,  Mr.  LeGette  Blythe,  Chairman. 
Sub-Committee    on    Evangelism — Class    of    1958 — Rev.    H.    M. 

Jefferson,   Mr.   T.   M.   Glasgow;    Class   of   1956,   Rev.   J.   L. 

Doom,  Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  chairman. 
Sub-Committee  on  Radio — Class  of  1958 — Rev.  M.  B.  Dudley, 

Mr.  Paul  B.  Marion,  Chairman. 
Sub-Committee  on  Home  Missions — Class  of  1958 — Rev.  E.  L. 

Stoffel,  Mr.  W.  E.  Price,  Mr.  Beaumert  Whitton. 

3.  Education : 

Sub-Committee   on   Educational  Institutions — Class   of   1958 — 

Rev.  W.  G.  Workman,  Rev.  R.  V.  Mason. 
Sub-Committee   on   Campus    Christian   Life — Class    of    1958 — 

Rev.  L.  I.  Stell. 

4.  Presbytery's  Council: 

Class  of  1958— Rev.   C.   G.   McClure,  Rev.   R.   A.  Young,   Mr. 
C.  G.  Sellers,  Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson,  Chairman. 

5.  Ministerial  Education: 

Class   of   1958— Rev.   H.    G.    Bedinger,   Rev.   W.    H.   Johnston, 
Mr.  H.  S.  McCall,  Jr. 

6.  Homes: 

Class  of  1958— Rev.  W.  F.  Mitchell,  Rev.   M.  R.  Williamson, 

Mr.  Plato  Davenport. 
Class  of  1956— Rev.  C.  D.  Caldwell,  Mr.  J.  B.  Watt,  chairman. 

7.  Christian    Education: 

Class   of   1958— Rev.    F.    C.   Holder,   Rev.    S.   W.   Yandle,    Mr. 

H.  D.  Niven. 
Class  of  1956— Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy. 

A  motion  to  permit  Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce  and  Rev.  Sam  In- 
man  to  serve  on  Presbytery's  Council  on  into  1956  until  the 
Every  Church  Canvass  of  1955  was  completed  prevailed. 

The  following  were  elected  by  Presbytery  to  the  Commit- 
tee on  Nominations,  Class  of  1958:  Ruling  Elder — C.  W. 
Gilchrist ;  Ministers— Rev.  W.  Ted  Smith,  Rev.  Fred  C.  Debele. 

Committee  on  Installations — The  report  of  the  Committee 
was  adopted  as  follows: 

We  recommend  the  appointment  of  the  following  commissions: 
1.    To  install  the  Rev.  C.  G.  Pepper,  Jr.  at  the  Matthews  Church — 
Rev.  R.  H.   Stone  to  preside  and  propound  the  constitutional  question. 
Rev.  Henry  Robinson  to  charge  the  Pastor.    Rev.  Sam  H.  Zealy  to  preach 
the  sermon.    Rev.  Roy  Hoke  to  charge  the  Congregation. 


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Ruling  Elders  to  serve  on  the  Commission:  Harry  Neely  of  Forrest 
Hills,  James  B.  Kuykendall  of  Covenant,  and  J.  W.  Russell  of  Matthews. 
The  time  for  the  installation  is  October  2nd,  7:30  P.M. 

2.  To  install  Rev.  0.  W.  Perrell  at  Waxhaw.  Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thomp- 
son to  preside  and  preach.  Rev.  Roy  Whitley  to  charge  the  Minister 
and  propound  the  constitutional  questions.  Rev.  Wiley  Hogue  to  charge 
the  Congregation  and  propound  the  constitutional  questions  to  the 
Congregation. 

Ruling  Elders  to  serve  on  the  Commissions:  Carl  McCain,  Monroe 
First;  Parks  Wilson,  Sugaw  Creek.  The  time  for  the  installation  is 
September  25th,  7:30  P.M. 

The  Committee  set  the  quorum  at  2  ministers  and  one  Elder. 

Respectfully  submitted, 
(signed)   B.  Frank  Yandell 

Resolutions — The  Committee  on  Resolutions  reported 
through  its  Chairman,  Rev.  E.  Lee  Stoffel.  The  report  was 
adopted  by  a  rising  vote  of  thanks  and  is  as  follows : 

We  wish  to  express  our  appreciation  for  the  hospitality  of  the 
Pastor,  Session,  and  Congregation  of  the  Sugaw  Creek  Church  and  for 
the  delicious  meal  and  for  every  convenience  provided  for  our  comfort. 

We  would  also  congratulate  the  Congregation  and  extend  to  them 
our  best  wishes  on  their  bi-centennial  celebration  as  well  as  their  con- 
tinued progress  observed  in  the  splendid  additions  to  their  church  plant. 

We  would  also  express  our  appreciation  to  Miss  Margaret  Hood, 
Church  secretary  for  her  services. 

Finally,  we  would  express  our  appreciation  to  our  Moderator,  Dr. 
LeGette  Blythe,  for  the  dispatch  and  courtesy  with  which  he  has 
conducted  the  affairs  of  this  meeting. 

E.  L.  Stoffel 
W.  M.  Boyce 
H.  G.  Standi 
J.  G.  Auten 

Assembly's  Minutes — The  Committee  on  Assembly's  Min- 
utes reported  the  matter  of  a  time  limit  on  their  decision  to 
participate  in  Federal  Social  Security,  which  date  is  April 
15,  1956.    The  report  was  received  as  information. 

The  Committee  on  the  Segregation  Question  was  instruct- 
ed by  Presbytery  to  report  at  the  winter  meeting  of  Pres- 
bytery. Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  a  member  of  the  Committee 
was  asked  to  serve  as  Chairman  if  the  duly  appointed  Chair- 
man was  absent  or  unable  to  attend. 

Announcement  was  made  by  the  Stated  Clerk  of  Presbytery 
about  a  book  soon  to  be  published  on  "The  Office  of  the  Clerk 
of  Session"  by  Frank  M.  Beatty. 


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Christian  Education — The  Committee  on  Christian  Educa- 
tion reported  through  Rev.  Wylie  Hogue  that  a  Recreational 
Workshop  is  being  sponsored  for  Church  Lrcaders,  April  30- 
May  4, 1956  at  Na-Co-Mee,  Tennessee.  The  report  was  received 
as  information. 

Amendment  to  Book  of  Church  Order — A  proposed  amend- 
ment to  the  Book  of  Church  Order,  Paragraph  80,  relative  to 
the  representation  of  Churches  of  1,000  or  more  in  the  Synod, 
v^as  presented  and  adopted. 

At  this  time  Presbytery  heard  a  statement  made  by  Rev. 
Wm.  Mitchell  relative  to  the  Army  Chaplaincy  in  the  Reserve 
Army  Corps. 

Rev.  Warner  L.  Hall  called  Presbytery's  attention  to  the 
unpaid  pledges  to  the  Negro  Fund.  An  appeal  v^as  made  to 
fulfill  all  pledges  by  December  31,  1955  in  order  to  secure 
the  $100,000  challenge  fund,  being  offered  by  a  philanthropic 
foundation. 

Rev.  L.  I.  Stell  reported  on  the  "Forward  with  Christ" 
Committee  and  again  commended  the  program  to  all  Sessions. 

Place  of  Next  Meeting — The  place  of  the  next  meeting  is 
Sharon  Church,  January  17,  1956.  Presbytery  adopted  a 
motion  that  ordinarily  it  would  accept  an  invitation  at  one 
meeting  for  the  next  meeting  only. 

The  Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  minutes  were  read  and  adopted  as  amended. 

Presbytery  adjourned  with  prayer  led  by  the  host  Pastor, 
Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson  to  meet  January  17,  1956  at  9  A.M. 
Sharon  Presbyterian  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

LeGette  Blythe,  Moderator 

Fred  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 
Robert  W.  Rayburn,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


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INDEX 


Page 

Adjournment     28,  46 

Afternoon    Sessions     24,  42 

Amendments   to   the   Book   of 

Church   Order    46 

Arrangements      14,  15,  33 

Calls    to    Churches    21,  28,  24,  35 

Candidates 

Examined    for    Licensure    24 

Examined    and    Received     ...23,  36,  37 
Transferred     17 

Churches 

Dissolved    17 

Name    Changed     16 

Relocated     27 

Salary    Change    28 

Commissioners    to   General 

Assembly    Report    28,  34 

Commissions    Reporting 

Minister   and    His   Work    17,  34,  35 

To    Install    Ministers    18,   19,  21,  38,  39 

To    Ordain    and    Install 

Ministers     17,   19,  20,  37,  38 

Committees    Appointed 

Standing    Committees    


16,  34 


Committees    Reporting 

Committee  on  Ministerial 

Education   21,  22,  23,  35,  36 

Committee  on  Nominations     43,  44 

Committee  on 

Installations    26,  27,  44,  45 

Committee  on  Presbytery's 

Records    27 

Committee  on  Assembly's 

Minutes    45 

Committee  on  Resolutions    27,  45 

Committee  on  World  Missions      26 

Committee  on  Christian 

Education    46 


Page 

Committee  on  Homes     43 

Presbytery's  Council   .26,  39,  40,  41,  42 
200th  Anniversary  Celebration   .  .24,  25 

Communications      16,  17,  34 

Communion     Service     29 

Directory     3,     4,     5 

Docket     15,  16,  33.  34 

Docket    Schedule     2 

History    of    Churches     13,  29,  30,  31 

Invitations    Accepted     28 

Manual    Changes 

Adopted      28 

Introduced     43 

Ministers 

Excused     16,  34 

Received      23,  35 

Transferred     17 

Called    21 

Minutes    Adopted     28,  46 

Moderator 

Elected    14,  32 

Nominated      25,  42 

Next    Meeting     28,  46 

Opening     Exercises     13,  29 

Pastoral    Relationship   Dissolved    17 

Presbytery    Meetings     Back  Page 

Recess    24,  42 

Roll     Call     13,   14,  31,  32 

Roll    of    Churches     7,     8,     9,  10,  11,  12 

Roll    of    Ministers     6 

Ruling    Elders    Introduced    14,  32 

Special    Addresses     42 

Visiting    Brethren     14,  32 


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MINUTES 
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MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 


211th  Stated  Meeting 

Sharon  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  17,  1956 


212th  Stated  Session 

Bethel  Church,  Cornelius,  N.  C. 

April  17,  1956 


Next  Stated  Session 

Pleasant  Hill  Church,  Pineville,  N.  C. 

July  24,  1956 


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of 

MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 

Volume  I  Number  4 


211th  Stated  Meeting 

Sharon  Church,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

January  17,  1956 


212th  Stated  Session 

Bethel  Church,  Cornelius,  N.  C. 

April  17,  1956 


Next  Stated  Session 

Pleasant  Hill  Church,  Pineville,  N.  C. 

July  24,  1956 


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DOCKET  SCHEDULE 


WINTER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Records  of  Presbytery 

(c)  Education 

(d)  Assembly's  Work 

(e)  Ministerial  Education 

(f)  Christian  Education 
Election  of  Commissioners  to 

General  Assembly 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SPRING  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Church  Extension 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Presbytery's  Council 

(d)  Sessional  Records 

(e)  Synod's  Minutes 
Reports  of  Treasurers  and 

Trustees 
New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


SUMMER  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Records  of  Presbytery 

(d)  Nominations 

New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


FALL  MEETING 

Organization  of  Presbytery 
Communion  Service 
History  and  Memorials 
Reception  of  Ministers  and 

Candidates 
Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies 
Reports  of  Commissions  and 

Committees 

(a)  Presbytery's  Council 

(b)  Ministerial  Education 

(c)  Assembly's  Minutes 

(d)  Homes 

New  and  Unfinished  Business 
Place  of  Next  Meeting 
Nominate  Moderator 
Adopt  Minutes 
Adjourn 


The  Stated  Session  of  Presbytery  convenes  at  9 : 00  A.  M.  on 
the  third  Tuesday  in  each  quarter. 


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DIRECTORY 


OFFICERS  OF  THE  PRESBYTERY 

Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Moderator  of  Winter  Meeting 
Rev.  R.  C.  Long,  Moderator  of  Summer  Meeting 
Rev.  M.  R.  Williamson,  Stated  Clerk  (1958) 
Rev.  R.  W.  Rayburn,  Permanent  Clerk  (1957) 
Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk  (1956) 
Rev.  R.  H.  Stone,  Executive  Secretary  (1956) 


TRUSTEES 

Davidson — Elected  for  Four  Years: 

1956— Mr.  George  S.  Crouch,  Mr.  H.  W.  Moore,  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall 
1959— Rev.  J.  A.  Jones,  Mr.  I.  W.  Stewart,  Charlotte 

Presbytery — 

1956— Mr.  W.  H.  Abernathy,  Charlotte 
1957— Mr.  Thomas  C.  Ruff,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
1958 — Mr.  John  S.  Cansler,  Chairman 


COMMISSIONS 

The  Minister  and  His  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson 

1956— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Mr.  A.  R.  Shaw 
1957— Rev.  F.  S.  Johnston,  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall,  Mr.  R.  L.  Puckett 
1958— Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson,  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper,  Mr.  C.  A.  Hunter 


COMMITTEES 

Assembly's  Work: 

Chairman — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson 

Sub  Committee  on  World  Missions 

1956— Rev.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

1957— Mr.  J.  W.  McLaney,  Chairman 

1958— Rev.  F.  C.  Pratt 

Sub  Committee  on  Annuities  and  Relief 

1956 — Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  Chairman 

1957— Mr.  Geogrey  Sutcliffe 

1958— Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

Sub  Committee  on  Woman's  Work 

1956— Mr.  J.  W.  Russell 

1957— Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchison 

1958— Rev.  G.  A.  Fletcher 

Sub  Committee  on  Assembly's  Special  Causes 

1956 — Rev.  J.  S.  Garner,  Chairman 

1957 — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson 

1958— Mr.  T.  M.  Barnhardt 


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Church  Extension: 

Chairman — Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 

Sub  Committee  on  Christian  Relations 

1956— Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward 

1957 — Mr.  Legette  Blythe,  Chairman 

1958— Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan 

Sub  Committee  on  Evangelism 

1956— Rev.  J.  L.  Doom 

1957 — Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Chairman,  Mr.  McAlister  Carson 

1958— Rev.  H.  M.  Jefferson,  Mr.  T.  M.  Glasgow 

Sub  Committee  on  Radio 

1956 — Mr.  Paul  B.  Marion,  Chairman 

1957— Rev.  T.  W.  MacLean 

1958— Rev.  M.  B.  Dudley 

Sub  Committee  on  Home  Missions 

1956— Rev.  I.  H.  Chadwick;  Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier,  Chairman; 

Mrs.  C.  W.  Tillett 
1957— Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Mr.  Irwin  Belk,  Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley 
1958— Rev.  E.  L.  Stoffel,  Mr.  W.  E.  Price,  Mr.  Beaumert  Whitton 


Education: 

Chairman — Rev.  L.  I.  Stell 

Sub  Committee  on  Education  Institutions 

1956— Rev.  W.  M.  Boyce 

1957— Rev.  R.  F.  Whitley,  Chairman;  Mr.  W.  H.  Barnhardt 

1958— Rev.  W.  G.  Workman,  Mr.  R.  V.  Mason 

Sub  Committee  on  Campus  Christian  Life 

1956 — Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Chairman 

1957 — Mr.  Frank  Orr 

1958— Rev.  L.  I.  Stell 


Presbytery's  Council: 

Chairman — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson 

Ex-Officio— The  Moderator  and  the  Stated  Clerk 

Ex-Officio — The    President   and    Treasurer   Women    of   the    Church 

1956— Rev.  H.  D.  Hayward,  Rev.  L.  I.  Stell,  Mr.  R.  Z.  Thomas 

1957 — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson,  Rev.  J.  R.  Crook,  Mr.  C.  M.  Hassell 

1958— Rev.  C.  G.  McClure,  Rev.  R.  A.  Young,  Mr.  C.  G.  Sellers 

Ministerial  Education: 

Chairman — Rev.  S.  M.  Inman 

1956— Rev.  S.  M.  Inman,  Rev.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  Mr.  H.  C.  Williams 

1957— Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Mr.  H.  C.  Alexander 

1958— Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Rev.  W.  H.  Johnson,  Mr.  S.  H.  McCall,  Jr. 

Homes: 

Chairman— Mr.  J.  B.  Watt 

1956— Rev.  H.  G.  Bedinger,  Mr.  J.  David  Flowers,  Rev.  C.  D.  Caldwell 
1957— Rev.  C.  Don  Coffey,  Rev.  C.  A.  White,  Mr.  J.  B.  Watt 
1958— Rev.  W.  F.  Mitchell,  Rev.  M.  R.  Williamson, 
Mr.  Plato  Davenport 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Nominations: 

Chairman — Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Klraemer 

1956— Rev.  C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper,  Mr.  J.  B. 

Kuykendall 
1957— Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Rev.  R.  M.  Kerr,  Mr.  A.  R.  Shaw 
1958— Rev.  W.  T.  Smith,  Rev.  M.  R.  Williamson,  Mr.  C.  W.  Gilchrist 

Christian  Education: 

Chairman — Rev.  J.  R.  Crook 

1956— Rev.  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  Mr.  J.  N.  Stribling,  Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy 
1957— Rev.  J.  R.  Crook,  Rev.  Robert  Turner,  Mr.  T.  P.  Graham 
Ex-Officio— Pres.  of  S.  S.  S.  Asso.— Mr.  Alex  McMillan 

Presbyterial  Chairman  of  Ed. — Mrs.  J.  R.  Nesbit 
Pres.  Men  of  Presbytery — Mr.  George  Stovall 
Pres.  Youth  Fellowship — Mr.  John  Kimbril 
1958— Rev.  F.  C.  Holder,  Rev.  S.  W.  Yandle,  Mr.  H.  D.  Niven 


MINUTES  OF  THE  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  MINISTERS 

1. 

J.  W.  Grier 

54. 

Roy  E.Hoke,  Ph.D. 

2. 

Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  Th.D. 

55. 

D.  E.  Wilkinson 

3. 

M.  E.  Peabody 

56. 

E.  B.  Cooper 

4. 

W.  H.  Johnston 

57. 

Ira  H.  Rawles 

5. 

J.  C.  McGehee 

58. 

Lawrence  I.  Stell,  D.D. 

6. 

B.  Frank  Yandell 

59. 

J.  Gilbert  Kirckhoff 

7. 

W.  C.  Copeland 

60. 

M.  G.  Lyerly 

8. 

J.  C.  Grier 

61. 

R.  W.  Rayburn 

9. 

T.  R.  Alexander 

62. 

W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr. 

10. 

A.  T.  Taylor 

63. 

Hugh  Pollard 

11. 

M.  B.  Prince,  Jr. 

64. 

W.  M.  Boyce,  D.D. 

12. 

H.  C.  Carmichael 

65. 

Russell  M.  Kerr 

13. 

W.  B.  Neill 

66. 

C.  H.  McLean 

14. 

C.  D.  Whiteley,  D.D. 

67. 

J.  B.  Reaves 

15. 

R.  A.  Young,  D.D. 

68. 

Stewart  W.  Yandle 

16. 

Chas.  M.  Boyd,  D.D. 

69. 

J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

17. 

A.  L.  Roberts 

70. 

B.  F.  Ferguson 

18. 

Daniel  K.  Snyder 

71. 

James  R.  Crook 

19. 

W.  T.  Smith 

72. 

Sheldon  A.  Koesy 

20. 

Jas.  A.  Jones,  D.D. 

73. 

J.  S.  Garner 

21. 

Jno.  R.  Rosebro,  D.D. 

74. 

S.  Wylie  Hogue 

22. 

R.  H.  Stone,  D.D. 

75. 

W.  G.  Workman,  Ph.D. 

23. 

Robert  F.  Boyd,  Th.D. 

76. 

C.  McD.  Coffey 

24. 

Chas.  G.  McClure,  D.D. 

77. 

I.  Howard  Chadwick 

25. 

Sam  M.  Inman 

78. 

W.  S.  Boyce 

26. 

J.  0.  Man,  D.D. 

79. 

Robert  Turner 

27. 

F.  Clyde  Pratt 

80. 

Andrew  A.  Allen 

28. 

Jonas  Barclay 

81. 

D wight  L.  Barker 

29. 

W.  M.  Walsh,  D.D. 

82. 

Richard  V.  Colen 

30. 

F.  S.  Johnston 

83. 

W.  F.  Mitchell 

31. 

Samuel  McP.  Glasgow,  D.D. 

84. 

W.  T.  Taylor 

32. 

A.  Leslie  Thompson 

85. 

Fred  C.  Holder 

33. 

Roy  F.  Whitley,  Th.D. 

86. 

C.  D.  Caldwell 

34. 

Chas.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  D.D. 

87. 

Hugh  M.  Jefferson 

35. 

C.  C.  McNeill,  D.D. 

88. 

M.  R.  Williamson 

36. 

Warner  L.  Hall,  Ph.D. 

89. 

E.  L.  Stoffel,  Th.D. 

37. 

T.  W.  MacLean 

90. 

J.  L.  Doom 

38. 

Homer  A.  Spencer 

91. 

T.  Duke  Williams 

39. 

Jno.  A.  Carriker 

92. 

W.  E.  Lytch 

40. 

Henry  S.  Robinson 

93. 

Leighton  S.  Ford 

41. 

S.  M.  Hutchison 

94. 

J.  S.  McClure 

42. 

C.  H.  Rowan 

95. 

W.  N.  Clark 

43. 

R.  C.  Long,  D.D. 

96. 

W.  D.  Lively 

44. 

D.  S.  Chalabie 

97. 

S.  A.  Ritchie 

45. 

H.  G.  Bedinger,  D.D. 

98. 

G.  E.  Dixon 

46. 

Carl  S.  Miller 

99. 

E.  A.  McLeod 

47. 

Ben  F.  Moore 

100. 

C.  G.  Pepper 

48. 

Watt  M.  Cooper 

101. 

0.  W.  Perrell 

49. 

H.  V.  Carson,  D.D. 

102. 

J.  E.  Fogartie,  D.D. 

50. 
51. 

Harold  D.  Hayward,  Ph.D. 
W.  J.  Huneycutt 

103. 

C.  S.  Albright 

52. 

Samuel  H.  Zealy 

104. 

John  R.  Crawford 

53. 

W.  B.  McSwain 

105. 

M.  S.  Bell 

MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


ROLL  OF  CHURCHES 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session  Treasurer 

Albemarle  First H.  P.  Morrow  J.  T.  Boysworth 

125  S.  5th  St.  Rt.  2 

Albemarle,  N.  C.  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Albemarle  Second S.  A.  Boaz,  Jr.  C.  0.  Josey 

Albemarle,  N.  C.  Albemarle  Radio  Co. 
Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Altan J.  A.  Lowery  Odus  Doster 

Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C.  Rt.  4,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Amay  James ....Edgar  Goodwin  Mrs.  Sarah  Reid 

504  E.  Boundry  Rt.  4,  Box  332 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Amity— J.  C.  Kuck  Bill  Sigmon 

Rt.  1,  Charlotte,  N.  C.    4804  Doris  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Avondale L.  H.  Meacham  W.  R.  Caudle 

2804  Avondale  Ave.  4316  Park  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Badin F.  L.  Marbry  S.  E.  Beck 

Badin,  N.  C.  Badin,  N.  C. 

Banks Sam  Kell,  Jr.  F.  Parks  Stephenson,  Jr. 

Box  206,  Waxhaw,  N.  C.Rt.  2,  Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

Belk P.  S.  Snipes  Glenn  A.  Roberts 

1011  Choyce  Ave.  1309  Choyce  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Benton  Heights Jack  Morrison  Neal  Tucker 

601  Hough  St.  1108  Cherry  St. 

Monroe,  N.  C.  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Bethany Roy  Snipes  Roy  Snipes 

Welch  Ave.  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Bethel J.  W.  Knox,  Rt.  2  H.  B.  Knox 

Huntersville,  N.  C.  Davidson,  N.  C. 

Bethlehem Buford  A.  Price  Buford  A.  Price 

Rt.  7,  Box  322,  Rt.  7,  Box  322 

Monroe,  N.  C.  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Beulah E.  H.  Webb  R.  L.  Long 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C.  Rt.  3,  Pageland,  S.  C. 

Biscoe C.  R.  Poole  C.  R.  Lawrance 

Biscoe,  N.  C.  Rt.  1,  Biscoe,  N.  C. 

Caldwell  Memorial R.  V.  Mason  R.   H.   Crockford 

811  E.  Morehead  1301  Aylesford  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C.  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Camden. D.  E.  Phillips  Miss  Ethel  Hildreth 

Rt.  3  Rt.  3 

Wadesboro,  N.  C.  Wadesboro,  N.  C. 


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Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Cameronian B.  Lee  McNeely 

Rt.  3 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Camp  Greene J.  0.  Hawfield 

2418  Remount  Road 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Candor D.  C.  Ewing,  Jr. 

Candor,  N.  C. 

Central  Steele  Creek.  -  R.  R.  Grier 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Charlotte  First T.  P.  Graham 

815  Lamar  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Clanton  Memorial E.  B.  Clanton 

Rt.  3 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Commonwealth W.  E.  Arnett 

4831  Elder  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Cooks  Memorial John  T.  McClure 

Rt.  6,  Box  415-C 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Cornelius R.  W.  Goodrum 

Box  41 

Cornelius,  N.  C. 
Covenant T.  M.  Barnhardt,  Jr. 

Box  2176 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Eastminster C.  E.  Reneau 

2217  Bay  St. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
East  Monroe  Grady  Williams 

Rt.  1,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Ellerbe  First W.  S.  McRae 

Ellerbe,  N.  C. 
Forest  Hills Calvin  C.  Sloan 

1533  N. Independence 
Blvd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Hamlet  First S.  O.  Bauersfeld 

406  Entwistle  St. 

Hamlet,  N.  C. 
Hawley  Memorial Carlton  Billingsley 

Box  71,  Polkton,  N.  C. 
Hopewell Joe  L.  Puckett,  Sr. 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 
Hollis  Gillis 

106  Asington 
Rockingham,  N.  C. 
James  Major 
4718  Longwood  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
K.  A.  McLeod 
Candor,  N.  C. 

C.  F.  Blackwelder 
Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
W.  N.  Ward 

202  W.  Trade  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
L.  0.  Stikeleather 
4109  York  Road 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
H.  B.  Carter 
1431  Cyrus  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

D.  A.  McClure 
Rt.  6,  Box  797-J 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
J.  E.  Baxter 
Cornelius,  N.  C. 

W.  A.  Montgomery 
1000  E.  Morehead 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
W.  A.  Sholin 
3315  Washburn  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Gene  Williams 
Route  1 
Wingate,  N.  C. 
R.  W.  Carriker 
Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

E.  L.  Nance 
Rt.  3,  Box  438 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

D.  K.  McNair 

701  Rollins  Ave. 

Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  E.  F.  Billingsley 

Box  84,  Polkton,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Whitley 

Rt.  9,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Huntersville .E.  F.  Kumm 

Box  115 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 

Indian  Hill R.  F.  Furr 

Rt.  1,  Oakboro,  N.  C. 

Indian  Trail E.  J.  Stinson 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Locust T.  M.  Hartsell 

Locust,  N.  C. 

Macedonia J.  R.  Maness 

Rt.  1,  Biscoe,  N.  C. 

Mallard  Creek W.  B.  Bingham 

Rt.  7,  Box  612 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Marks  Creek C.  0.  McRae 

Rt.  1,  Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Marshville  .: F.  C.  Efird 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Marston A.  W.  McKay 

Rt.  1,  Marston,  N.  C. 

Matthews N.  O.  Alexander 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C. 

McGee R.  H.  Beatty 

207  N.  Cloudman  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

McLean W.  M.  Lovin 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

McQuay  Memorial J.  B.  Howard 

622  Tillman  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Monroe  First W,  H.  Morrison 

Wadesboro  Rd. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Morgan  Memorial Rafe  Williams 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Morven W.  E.  Steagall 

Morven,  N.  C. 

Mt.  Carmel M.  Lee  Mclnnis 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe.  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

J.  Mike  Dwyer 
Huntersville.  N. 


C. 


J.  W.  Morgan 

Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

J.  W.  Shaffer 

Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C. 


M.  E.  Smith 
Locust,  N.  C. 

Daniel  J.  McCaskill 
Rt.  1.,  Candor,  N.  C. 

K.  L.  Christenbury 
Rt.  1 
Harrisburg,  N.  C. 

H.  C.  McRae 

Rt.  1.  Hamlet,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  R.  S.  Hargett 
Marshville,  N.  C. 

W.  D.  McKay 

Rt.  1,  Marston,  N.  C. 

Eugene  Yandell 
Matthews,  N.  C. 

Leroy  Lakey 
Rt.  6,  Box  797-R 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  F.  McCaskill,  Jr. 
Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 

J.  L.  Neely 
1218  Bigham  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

G.  W.  Davis 
1114  Bragg  St. 
Monroe,  N.  C. 

Sybil  Huneycutt 
Rt.  2,  Stanfield,  N.  C. 

V.  L.  Wall,  Jr. 
Morven,  N.  C. 

J.  C.  Comer 

Rt.  1,  Ellerbe,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Mt.  Gilead R.  A.  McRae 

Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

Mulberry F.  L.  Marshall 

624  S.  Summit  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Myers  Park J.  Lacy  McLean 

2024  Beverly  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Nevin Ralph  Button 

C.M.R.  544,  Box  830 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

New  Salem O.  L.  Efird 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Newell S.  B.  Wilson 

Newell,  N.  C. 

Norman C.  E.  Martin 

Norman,  N.  C. 

North  Charlotte Joe  W.  Hardison 

1732  Academy  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Norwood R.  B.  Winchester 

Norwood,  N.  C. 

Oakboro E.  O.  Ross 

Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Pageland H.  H.  Houston 

Pageland,  S.  C. 

Park  Avenue R.  Lamar  Smith 

Rt.  2 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Paw  Creek R.  W.  Summerville 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Pee  Dee J.  V.  Ussery 

Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead.  N.  C. 
Philadelphia .E.  Ross  Cathey 

Rt.  3,  Matthews.  N.  C. 
Pineville Roy  G.  Starnes 

Pineville,  N.  C. 
Plaza J.  D.  McCluer 

422  Richmond  Drive 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Pleasant  Hill C.  L.  Choate 

Rt.  3,  Pineville,  N.  C. 
Providence James  A.  Blakeney 

Rt.  1,  Matthews,  N.  C. 
Ramah J.  G.  Caldwell 

Rt.  1 

Huntersville,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

R.  L.  Martin 
Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

J.  T.  Springs 

Rt.  5,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  B.  Ross 

2501   Oxford  Place 

Charlotte  4,  N.  C. 

Robert  Ritchie 
C.M.R.  544,  Box  660 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  C.  Moore 

Rt.  2,  Marshville,  N.  C. 

Hayden  Roberts 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

John  Gallimore 
Norman,  N.  C. 

W.  L.  Howie 
912  Anderson  St. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

C.  J.  Ussery 

Norwood,  N.  C. 

Miss  Viola  Ross 

Rt.  4,  Albemarle,  N.  C. 

Alger  Douglas 

Pageland,  S.  C 

C.  W.  Johnson 

Rt.2 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 

E.  B.  Johnston 

Rt.  6,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  C.  W.  Ussery 

Rt.  3,  Mt.  Gilead,  N.  C. 

J.  M.  Lonon 

Rt.  1,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Robt.  C.  Hair 

Pineville,  N.  C. 

J.  M.  Dew 

1210  Aylesford  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

A.  M.  Thompson 

Rt.  1,  Pineville,  N.  C. 

N.  C.  Grier 

Rt.  2,  Matthews,  N.  C 

C.  D.  Bradford 

Rt.  1 
Huntersville,  N.  C. 


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11 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Rehoboth F.  Albert  Gordon 

Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
Ridgecrest G.  S.  Furr 

Rt.  3 

Albemarle,  N.  C. 
Robinson Perry  C.  Hood 

Rt.  8,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Rockingham  First C.  R.  McNair 

Box  416 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Rourk H.  P.  Shaw 

Route  3 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 
St.  Andrews J.  W.  Craig,  Jr. 

2121  Rozzelle  Fer.  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
St.  Paul M.  G.  Yarbrough 

3126  Airlie  St. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Salem Leonard  Tice 

Rt.  1,  Marshville,  N.  C. 
Sardis C.  R.  Hutchison 

Box  1302 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Seigle  Avenue Ray  L.  Gardner 

1728  Berryhill  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Selwyn  Avenue Edwin  L.  Dean 

211  Brandywine  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Sharon E.  F.  Smith 

Rt.  2,  Box  942 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Siler _ .  ...I.  W.  Keels 

Rt.  6,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Six  Mile  Creek J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 
Smallwood R.  L.  Shields 

110  N.  Gardner  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
South  Park George  Midgett 

3614  Eastway  Drive 

Charlotte.  N.  C. 
South  Tryon  Street Curtis  Parker 

2420  S.  Tryon  St. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Steele  Creek Mack  P.  Brown 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Star J.  F.  Allen 

Box  171 

Star,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Miss  Hope  Sims 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Mary  Lee  Lambert 

Rt.  1 

Stanfield,  N.  C. 

J.  C.  Dulin 

4222  Hickory  Grove  Rd. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  W.  Henderson 

Box  358 

Rockingham,  N.  C. 

Lester  M.  Smith 

Cordova,  N.  C. 

A.  A.  Clark 
1913  Greene  Blvd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
S.  Hoyle  Long,  Jr. 
2504  Laburnum  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Joe  Kiker 
Pageland,  S.  C. 
C.  B.  Baird 
C.M.R.,  Sardis  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
James  H.  Knight 
2601  Plaza 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
C.  E.  Elrod 
2921  Westfield  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
W.  T.  Stanford 
Rt.2 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Fleet  Davis 

Rt.  1,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

J.  R.  Perry 

Box  37 

Ft.  Mill,  S.  C. 

W.  M.  Ratteree 

114  N.  Gardner  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Homer  Rothrock 

400  Hartford  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Marshall  Caldwell 

605  E.  6th  St. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Robert  O.  Byrum 

Rt.  3,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Barna  Allen 

Box  83 

Star,  N.  C. 


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MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY 


Churches  Clerk  of  Session 

Stephenson W.  M.  Pressley 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

Sugaw  Creek     W.  Parks  Wilson 

Rt.ll 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Sunset  Hills Charles  C.  Harkins 

605  Magnolia  Ave. 
Charlotte.  N.  C. 

Tenth  Avenue J.  Clarence  Brumley 

2229  E.  5th  Street 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Thomasboro H.  P.  Cathey 

322  Hovis  Cr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Trinity 


Harold  K.  Couch 

Rt.2 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Troy S.  H.  McCall,  Jr. 

Troy,  N.  C. 
Turner D.  E.  Glenn 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Unionville J.  V.  Mullis 

Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 
Wadesboro p.  p.  Boylin 

Wadesboro,  N.  C. 
Walkers ville C.  L.  McCain 

Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
Watson   Heights Marvin  McGill 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 
Waxhaw t.  R.  Nisbet 

Box  217 

Waxhaw,  N.  C. 
West  Avenue S.  M.  Cathey 

112  N.  Sycamore  St. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Westminster C.  G.  Sellers 

327  Sardis  Rd.  Circle 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Westover  Hills Alex  M.  Johnson 

2901  Mayflower  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Williams  Memorial R.  L.  Puckett 

Rt.  11,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Wilmore R.  M.  Stevenson 

3000  Sommerset  Drive 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


Treasurer 

Jack  Baucom 

Rt.  1 

Indian  Trail,  N.  C. 

James  A.  Barrus 
1326  Brook  Rd. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

J.  M.  Hope 

619  Magnolia  Ave. 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 

Z.  T.  Leonard 
1132  Roanoke  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

M.  H.  Cathey 
403  Wabash  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

N.  F.  Williamson 
2114  Dilworth  Rd.,  E. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 

G.  M.  Moore 
Troy,  N.  C. 

C.  H.  Riggers 

Rt.  5,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

Mrs.  Maude  M.  Brooks 
Rt.  2,  Monroe,  N.  C. 

J.  W.  Scarboro 
Wadesboro,  N.  C. 

Knox  R.  McCain 
Rt.  2,  Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

D.  A.  McGill 

E.  Rockingham,  N.  C. 
B.  E.  Hudson 
Waxhaw,  N.  C. 

Paul  L.  Cobb 
621  Walnut  Ave. 
Charlotte.  N.  C. 
L.  M.  Morrison 
1959  Harris  Road 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
E.  M.  Winters 
1220  Princeton  Ave. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 
E.  L.  McConnell 
Rt.  11,  Charlotte,  N.  C. 
H.  F.  Porter 
1741  Wilmore  Dr. 
Charlotte,  N.  C. 


MINUTES  OF  MECKLENBURG  PRESBYTERY  13 

The  Two  Hundred  Eleventh 

Stated  Session  of 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


Sharon  Presbyterian  Church 
Route    #2,   Charlotte,   N.   C. 
January  17,   1956 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  211th  Stated 
Session  at  the  Sharon  Presbyterian  Church,  Route  #2, 
Charlotte,  N.  C.  at  9  A.M.  on  the  above  date. 

After  the  opening  worship  Dr.  Legette  Blythe,  Moderator, 
brought  a  message  on  'The  Gentleness  of  Jesus.'' 

The  History  of  the  Sharon  Church — Dating  from  April 
1944  to  the  present  date  was  read  by  Miss  Maude  Rea  who 
was  presented  by  the  host  pastor.  Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper. 

THE   HISTORY   OF   SHARON  PRESBYTERIAN   CHURCH 

The  Rev.  C.  H.  Little  was  pastor  of  Sharon  Presbyterian  Church  at 
that  time  April  1944  and  on  December  1,  1946  he  retired,  on  his  33rd 
anniversary.  After  these  years  of  faithful  service  to  this  church,  our 
community  was  blessed  by  his  home  in  our  midst,  until  his  passing 
July  29  and  laid  to  rest  on  July  31,  1954.  One  of  our  members  said  this 
of  Mr.  Little,  "He  was  a  friend  of  all  and  an  enemy  of  no  one." 

Rev.  James  B.  MacLeod  was  called  and  came  to  Sharon  April  1,  1947, 
and  resigned  July  9,  1950.  We  reluctantly  granted  Mr.  MacLeod's  re- 
quest. Someone  said  that  Mr.  MacLeod's  service  here  was  like  a  beautiful 
flower  that  opened  in  the  morning  and  closed  in  the  evening. 

The  Congregation  at  once  elected  a  committee  to  secure  a  Pastor. 
They  found  a  native  of  New  Jersey  in  Washington,  Georgia,  The  Rev. 
Edward  B.  Cooper.  We  called  him,  and  he  accepted  the  call  in  April 
1951.  He  moved  in  the  manse  with  his  family,  Mrs.  Cooper  and  four 
children,  and  began  his  work  May  1,  1951.  Since  that  time  our  church 
has  been  making  steady  progress. 


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The  membership  in  1944  was  214,  and  the  membership  at  this  time 
1955  is  400.   The  church  has  15  elders  and  12  deacons. 

In  the  summer  of  1947  the  Sanctuary  windows  were  replaced  with  the 
beautiful  colored  glass  ones  we  now  have. 

The  new  manse  was  built  in  1948-49. 

Since  the  coming  of  Mr.  Cooper,  the  Sanctuary  has  been  renovated 
and  the  grounds  have  been  beautified  by  careful  planning  of  drives  and 
walks,  and  planting  of  shrubbery  (a  project  of  the  Sharon  Garden  Club). 

Beginning  September  8,  1952,  the  basement  was  made  ready  for 
worship  service  while  the  work  was  being  done.  We  moved  into  the 
newly  renovated  Sanctuary  the  first  of  January  1953. 

There  has  been  much  improvement  in  the  basement  for  the  fellow- 
ship of  the  congregation. 

Our  Sunday  School  has  outgrown  the  Educational  Building,  and  the 
Intermediates  and  Young  People's  classes  have  been  transferred  to  the 
Scout  Hut  to  ease  crowded  conditions. 

The  Sunday  School  enrollment  as  reported  in  1944  was  150.  This 
year  1955  it  is  350.  In  April  1945  the  attendance  for  the  month  was 
441,  and  in  April  1955  is  was  1,455.  Seeing  our  great  need  for  more 
room,  a  Steering  Committee  was  elected  by  the  Congregation  to  study 
plans  and  appoint  other  committees.  A  Congregational  meeting  was 
called  for  August  14,  1955  to  hear  the  report  of  the  Planning  Committee 
which  presented  to  us,  the  location  and  floor  plans  for  the  Educational 
Building  and  Fellowship  Hall.  This  was  approved  and  accepted.  We 
are  praying  for  the  guidance  of  the  Spirit  of  God  with  our  efforts  to 
raise  the  amount  needed.  "Except  the  Lord  build  the  house  they  labor 
in  vain  that  build  it." 

In  1953  we  started  a  Sunday  School  Library  and  have  books  for  all 
departments  of  church  work,  including  books  for  children  and  some 
Christian  fiction. 

Many  of  our  Young  People  have  attended  the  Summer  Conferences, 
and  also  have  Vacation  Bible  School  every  year. 

A  Christian  Education  Committee  was  organized  in  1947. 

During  the  week  of  September  18-25,  1955  our  first  World  Mission 
Conference  was  held  as  part  of  the  work  of  the  Forward  With  Christ 
Movement.  As  one  result  of  this  conference  we  were  privileged  to  add 
part  time  support  for  Miss  Louise  Fleming,  who  went  to  the  Congo. 
We  give  partial  support  to  the  Rev.  Donald  Williams  in  Brazil. 

The  Rev.  Charles  Conrad  Caldwell,  a  son  of  Sharon  Church  was 
licensed  to  preach  April  14,  1953,  and  was  ordained  June  14,  1953.  He 
was  associate  Pastor  of  the  Second  Presbyterian  Church  in  Spartanburg, 
South  Carolina  from  June  5,  1953  to  October  31,  1954.  On  November 
1,  1954  he  became  Pastor  of  Belton  Church  of  Belton,  South  Carolina. 

William  W.  Davis,  Jr.  another  son  of  Sharon  is  in  training  for  the 
ministry. 

The  organ  was  presented  to  our  church  in  1949  by  Mrs.  Charles  S. 
Andrews  and  brothers  T.  Guion  Griffith  and  Robert  Griffith  in  memory 
of  their  parents   Emily  and  Thomas   Griffith.    Mr.   Griffith  started  this 


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memorial  in  honor  of  his  wife  but  upon  his  death  it  was  presented  as 
a  memorial  to  both  parents  by  their  children.  In  December  1953  Mr. 
George  W.  Elliott,  Sr.  and  Mrs.  Zoraida  M.  Elliott  gave  the  tone  cabinet 
and  chimes  for  the  organ  in  memory  of  their  mothers,  Mrs.  M.  K.  Elliott, 
and  Mrs.  Cynthia  C.  Merritt. 

The  motion  was  made  to  adopt  the  reading  of  the  history 
of  the  Church  and  to  enter  it  into  the  record. 

The  Roll — The  following  were  present  or  enrolled  during 
the  meeting. 

Ministers — J.  W.  Grier,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  W.  H.  Johnston,  B.  F. 
Yandell,  J.  C.  Grier,  A.  T.  Taylor,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B.  Neill,  C.  D. 
Whiteley,  R.  A.  Young,  C.  M.  Boyd,  B.  K.  Snyder,  W.  T.  Smith,  J.  A. 
Jones,  R.  H.  Stone,  F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  C.  G.  McClure,  S.  M.  Inman,  F.  C. 
Pratt,  W.  M.  Walsh,  F.  H.  Johnston,  A.  L.  Thompson,  R.  F.  Whitley, 
C.  E.  S.  Kraemer,  W.  L.  Hall,  T.  W.  MacLean,  J.  A.  Carriker,  H.  S. 
Schum,   S.   M.  Hutchison,   C.  H.   Rowan,   R.   C.   Long,   H.   G.   Bedinger, 

C.  S.  Miller,  B.  F.  Moore,  W.  M.  Cooper,  H.  D.  Heyward,  W.  J.  Huney- 
cutt, S.  H.  Zealy,  W.  B.  McSwain,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  D.  E.  Wilkinson, 
E.  B.  Cooper,  L.  I.  Stell,  M.  G.  Lyerly,  R.  W.  Raybum,  W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr., 
H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce,  R.  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  McLean,  Geo.  A. 
Fletcher,  S.  W.  Yandle,  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.,  B.  F.  Ferguson,  J.  R.  Crook, 
Sheldon  A.  Koesy,  Crawford  A.  White,  J.  S.  Garner,  H.  S.  Schum, 
S.  W.  Hogue,  C.  McD.  Coffey,  I.  H.  Chadwick,  W.  S.  Boyce,  Robert 
Turner,  D.  L.  Barker,  R.  V.  Colin,  W.  F.  Mitchell,  W.  T.  Taylor,  F.  C. 
Holder,  C.  D.  Caldwell,  H.  M.  Jefferson,  M.  R.  Williamson,  E.  L.  Stoffel, 
J.  L.  Doom,  T.  Duke  Williams,  W.  E.  Lytch,  J.  S.  McClure,  W.  N.  Clark, 
Jr.,  W.  D.  Lively,  S.  A.  Ritchie,  G.  E.  Dixon,  E.  A.  McLeod,  0.  W.  Perrell, 
J.  A.  Fogartie— 84. 

Ruling  Elders — J.  N.  Auten,  Albemarle  First;  Walter  Crook,  Altan; 
J.  P.  Sample,  Amity;  G.  S.  Aitken,  Avondale;  F.  Leland  Greenlee,  Badin; 
John  A.  Kell,  Banks;  R.  M.  Hinson,  W.  M.  Belk;  O.  V.  Horton,  Benton 
Heights;  J.  Wilson  Alexander,  Bethel;  D.  A.  Monroe,  Biscoe;  R.  B. 
Collins,  Caldwell  Memorial;  D.  E.  Phillips,  Camden;  Sam  Holder,  Candor; 
J.  Brown  Grier,  Central  Steel  Creek;  D.  M.  Young,  Jr.,  Charlotte  First; 

D.  F.  Gilchrist,  Clanton  Memorial;  Lewis  D.  Berryhill,  Commonwealth; 
Richard  F.  Rozzelle,  Cook's  Memorial;  Fred  McConnell,  Cornelius;  A.  M. 
Rea,  John  C.  Bradley,  Covenant;  W.  S.  McRae,  Ellerbe  First;  R.  W. 
Blackwelder,  Jr.,  Forest  Hills;  Vance  Sykes,  Hamlet  First;  Joe  L. 
Puckett,  Sr.,  Hopewell;  W.  LeGette  Blythe,  Huntersville;  W.  J.  Lee, 
Indian  Hill;  J.  W.  Shaffer,  Indian  Trail;  Joe  Clontz,  Locust;  J.  R. 
Maness,  Macedonia;  Vester  McLaughlin,  Mallard  Creek;  D.  L.  McDonald, 
Marks  Creek;  Fred  L.  Plyler,  Marshville;  A.  M.  Cathey,  McGee;  John  R. 
Litaker,  McQuay  Memorial;  H.  Harvey  Morrison,  Monroe  First;  W.  D. 
Lay,  Jr.,  Morris  Field;  V.  L.  Wall,  Morven;  Lee  Mclnnis,  Mt.  Carmel; 
C.  C.  McKinnon,  Mt.  Gilead;  Henry  C.  Rhyne,  Matthews;  Charles  M. 
Hassell,  Fred  McPhail,  Myers  Park;  D.  F.  Warner,  Norman;  S.  G.  Mc- 
Lellan,  North  Charlotte;  Carson  Livingston,  Norwood;  Henry  Howe, 
Pageland;  Paul  H.  Many,  Park  Avenue;  F.  E.  Michael,  Paw  Creek; 
J.  V.  Ussery,  Pee  Dee;  J.  W.  Flowe,  Philadelphia;  Howard  Snow,  Plaza; 
J.  A.  Blakeney,  Providence;  C.  G.  Black,  Ramah;  Grover  Furr,  Ridge- 
crest;  W.  E.  Hood,  Robinson;  Amon  Currie,  Rourk;  J.  W.  Craig,  Jr.,  St. 


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Andrews;  R.  O.  Kelly,  St.  Paul;  J.  B.  Bass,  Jr.,  Sardis;  Bruce  0.  Leister, 
Selwyn  Avenue;  W.  Frank  Cooper,  Sharon;  Lloyd  Price,  Siler;  J.  R. 
Perry,  Six  Mile  Creek;  Robert  L.  Shields,  Smallwood;  H.  C.  Hovis,  South 
Park;  Mack  P.  Brown,  Steele  Creek;  J.  F.  Allen,  Star;  Reece  Hunter, 
Sugaw  Creek;  R.  A.  Butner,  Sunset  Hills;  T.  E.  Gray,  Tenth  Avenue; 
H.  P.  Cathey,  Thomasboro;  Otis  M.  Johnson,  Trinity;  George  W.  Mc- 
Manus,  Turner;  R.  V.  Liles,  Wadesboro;  J.  K.  Starnes,  Walkersville; 
John  Furr,  Watson  Heights;  R.  N.  Walkup,  Waxhaw;  M.  R.  McConnell, 
West  Avenue;  John  G.  Kerr,  Westminster;  Alex  M.  Johnson,  Westover 
Hills;  R.  L.  Puckett,  Williams  Memorial;  C.  J.  Richardson,  Wilmore; 
Robert  Jordan,  South  Tryon  Street — 83. 

Rev.  James  E.  Fogartie,  Pastor-elect  of  Myers  Park 
Church,  was  introduced  and  invited  to  sit  as  a  visiting 
brother. 

Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the  first  time 
were  introduced. 

The  Stated  Clerk  announced  that  a  quorum  was  present. 

Moderator  Elected — The  Rev.  Sam  H.  Zealy,  Moderator 
Nominee,  was  elected  Moderator. 

Report  of  Committee  on  Arrangements — The  Committee 
on  Arrangements  made  the  following  report  which  was 
adopted. 

The    Committee    on   Arrangements   would    submit   the   following    re- 
port:   That  the  printed  docket  be  adopted  with  the  following  exceptions: 

1.  That  Presbytery  recess  for  lunch  at  12:30  and  reconvene  at  2:00. 

2.  That  Mr.  Joe   McLaney,   Chairman  of   Sub-Committee   on   World 
Missions  be  heard  at  12:00. 

3.  That  immediately   following   this.   Presbytery   resolve   itself   into 
a  Committee  of  the  whole  for  the  purpose  of  examining  sessional  records. 


4,    That  Presbytery  adjourn  at  will. 


E.  B.    Cooper,    Chairman 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr. 
W.    LeGette    Blythe 


THE  DOCKET 

1.  Opening  Exercises — Dr.  LeGette  Blythe — Retiring  Moderator. 

2.  Memorials. 

3.  History  of  the  Sharon  Presbyterian  Church — Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper. 

4.  Enrollment  of  Presbytery — Members  of  Presbytery,  Visiting  Breth- 

ren, Introduction  of  Ruling  Elders  attending  Presbytery  for  the 
first  time. 

5.  Election  of  Moderator — Rev.  S.  H.  Zealy,  Moderator-Nominee. 

6.  Report  of  the  Committee  on  Arrangements — Rev.  E.  B.  Cooper. 


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7.  Appointment   of    Standing    Committees.     (Two    Ministers    and   two 

Elders.) 

1.  Bills  and  Overtures. 

2.  Installations. 

3.  Judicial  Business. 

4.  Resolutions. 

5.  Records  of  Presbytery. 

6.  Sessional  Records. 

8.  Communications. 

9.  Report  of  Commissions. 

1.  Minister  and  His  Work — Rev.  H.  S.  Robinson. 

2.  Other  Commissions. 

10.  Reception  of  Ministers  and  Candidates. 

11.  Calls  for  Pastors  and  Supplies. 

12.  Report  of  Executive  and  Permanent  Committees. 

1.  Presbytery's  Council — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson. 

2.  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — Rev.   G.  Dana  Waters. 

3.  Committee  on  Education — Rev.  L.  I.  Stell. 

4.  Committee  on  Assembly's  Work — Rev.  A.  L.  Thompson. 

5.  Committee  on   Christian   Education — Rev.  J.   R.   Crook. 

13.  Report  of  Standing  Committees.    (See  7  above.) 

14.  Report  of  Treasurers  and  Trustees. 

15.  Annual  Statistical  Report  to  the  General  Assembly. 

16.  Election  of  Commissioners  to  the  General  Assembly.    (Second  order 

after  lunch.) 

17.  Unfinished  Business. 

1.  Manual  Changes. 

2.  Report  of  Special  Committee  on   Segregation. 

18.  New  Business. 

19.  Place  of  Next  Meeting.    (Bethel  Presbyterian  Church.) 

20.  Nomination  of  Moderator.    (First  order  after  lunch.) 

21.  Reading  and  Adoption  of  Minutes. 

22.  Adjournment. 

Appointment  of  Standing  Committees — The  Moderator  ap- 
pointed the  following  Standing  Committees: 

1.  Bills    and    Overtures:     LeGette    Blythe,    Chairman;     Rev.    Hugh 
Pollard,  Rev.  Fred  Holder,  Howard  Snow. 

2.  Installations:     Rev.    A.    T.    Taylor,    Rev.    B.    F.    Ferguson,    H.    P. 
Cathey,  C.  J.  Richardson. 

3.  Judicial  Business:    Rev.  C.  H.  Rowan,  Rev.  H.  M.  Jefferson,  R.  B. 
Collins,  W.  H.  Morrison. 

4.  Resolutions:    Rev.  C.  D.  Caldwell,  Rev.  W.  E.  Lytch,  J.  K.  Starnes, 
A.  M.  Cathey. 


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5.  Records  of  Presbytery:  Rev.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Rev.  C.  G.  Pepper, 
T.  E.  Gray  and  L.  D.  Berryhill. 

6.  Sessional  Records:  Rev.  W.  B.  McSwain,  Rev.  G.  E.  Dixon,  R.  A. 
Butner,  Robert  Jordan. 

Communications — The  following  Communications  were 
read  and  disposed  of  as  indicated. 

1.  From  the  following  ministers  requesting  to  be  excused  for  absence 
from  this  session  of  Presbytery:  Rev,  Leighton  Ford,  Rev.  J.  G.  Kirck- 
hoff,  Rev.  R.  F.  Boyd,  Rev.  Ira  H.  Rawls,  Rev.  M.  B.  Dudley,  Rev.  Sam 
Glasgow.    The  requests  were  granted. 

2.  From  the  following  churches  requesting  permission  to  raise  their 
pastors*  salaries:  Forest  Hill,  Sunset  Hills,  Mallard  Creek,  Plaza,  W.  H. 
Belk,  Turner,  E.  Monroe,  Westover  Hills,  Nevin,  Newell,  Badin,  South 
Park,  St.  Paul,  Watson  Heights,  Selwyn  Ave.,  North  Charlotte,  Thomas- 
boro,  Williams  Memorial,  Hopewell,  Commonwealth,  Stephenson,  St.  An- 
drews, Rockingham  First,  Amity,  Philadelphia,  Cook's  Memorial,  Mc- 
Quay  Memorial,  Sugaw  Creek,  and  Westminster.  The  requests  were 
granted. 

3.  From  the  Clerk  of  the  Session  of  Morris  Field  Church  requesting 
to  be  dissolved  as  a  church.  The  request  was  granted  and  an  expression 
of  regret  be  sent  from  the  Moderator  to  the  members  on  the  occasion 
of  the  dissolution  of  the  work.  All  matters  relating  to  the  final  culmi- 
nation of  the  affairs  of  the  church  be  referred  to  the  Commission  on  the 
Minister  and  His  Work. 

4.  From  the  Sessions  of  the  following  churches  reporting  the  death 
of  Ruling  Elders:  Walter  J.  Kanoy,  Biscoe;  Joseph  Henry  Rhyne,  Mul- 
berry; R.  C.  Cagle,  Sr.,  Rockingham;  George  B.  McClellan,  Monroe  First; 
James  T.  Griffith,  Sr.,  Monroe  First;  Carl  L.  Hooks,  Sardis;  W.  C.  Davis, 
Siler;  George  Griffin,  Altan;  J.  M.  Rorie,  Altan;  Dr.  James  R.  Alexander, 
Tenth  Ave.;  W.  E.  Junker,  Philadelphia;  H.  J.  Spencer,  Covenant;  H. 
Flynn  Wolfe,  Covenant;  John  Shepherd,  Covenant;  C.  W.  Biggers, 
Thomasboro;  W.  A.  Lowrance,  Wilmore;  J.  C.  Richardson,  Turner;  I.  H. 
Freeman,  Steele  Creek;  Fred  L.  Gibbon,  Sr.,  Sugaw  Creek;  J.  Loyd 
Fesperman,  Plaza;  J.  W.  Lowry,  Commonwealth;  Ralph  B.  Knox,  Bethel; 
Eugene  Secrest  and  Ira  P.  Ranson,  Westminster.  This  was  received  as 
information. 

5.  From  Pageland  Presbyterian  Church  a  request  for  approval  for  a 
loan  of  $3500  from  the  Synod  of  N.  C.  for  renovation  of  the  church 
building.   The  request  was  approved. 

6.  From  Flora  McDonald  calling  attention  to  the  fact  that^  the 
young  ladies  from  the  College  are  available  for  service  as  Associates 
in  Christian  Education.    This  was  received  as  information. 

7.  From  Harold  J.  Dudley,  General  Secretary  of  the  Synod  of  N.  C, 
relative  to  a  change  in  the  date  of  Synod  from  July  10-12  to  July  17-19 
due  to  Summer  School  at  Flora  McDonald.  This  was  received  as  in- 
formation. Presbytery  then  voted  to  change  its  date  for  the  summer 
meeting  from  July  17th  to  July  24th. 


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Report  of  Commission  on  the  Minister  and  His  Work — 

The  following  report  of  the  Commission  on  the  Minister  and 
His  Work  was  read  by  Rev.  Henry  S.  Robinson,  Chairman, 
and  was  admitted  to  the  record. 

Since  the  September  meeting  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery,  your  com- 
mission has  held  four  meetings  and  has  transacted  the  following 
business: 

1.  Dismissed  Rev.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  D.D.,  to  the  Presbytery  of 
Atlanta. 

2.  Dissolved  the  pastoral  relationship  between  the  Wadesboro  Pres- 
byterian Church  and  the  Rev.  Richard  G.  Laurens.  Granted 
a  letter  of  transfer  for  Mr.  Laurens  to  the  Presbytery  of  Charles- 
ton, effective  January  2,  1956. 

3.  Approved  the  Rev.  Claire  Albright,  of  the  Cumberland  Presby- 
terian Church,  for  a  call  to  the  Marshville  Church.  This  action 
was  approved  by  the  commission  over  the  telephone. 

4.  Approved  the  Rev.  W.  T.  Taylor  for  a  call  to  the  South  Tryon 
Street  Church. 

5.  Approved  Mr.  M.  S.  Bell,  a  Senior  in  Union  Theological  Sem- 
inary, for  a  call  to  the  Seigle  Avenue  Church. 

6.  Granted  a  request  of  the  Rev.  S.  M.  Hutchinson  and  the  McGee 
Church  for  dissolution  of  the  pastoral  relationship. 

7.  Granted  a  request  of  the  Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters  and  the  West 
Avenue  Church  for  dissolution  of  the  pastoral  relationship, 
effective  January  10,  1956.  Mr.  Waters  was  dismissed  to  the 
Presbytery  of  Congaree. 

8.  Approved  the  Rev.  Joseph  T.  Echols,  of  the  Presbytery  of  Merid- 
ian, for  a  call  to  the  Bethlehem  Church. 

9.  Approved  the  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue,  Pastor  of  the  Belk  Larger 
Parish,  for  a  call  to  the  Wadesboro  Church.  This  action  was 
approved  by  the  commission  over  the  telephone. 

Henry  S.  Robinson,  Chairman. 

A  motion  was  made  that  the  minimum  salary  for  ministers 
in  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  be  $4,000.00  per  annum  for  mar- 
ried men  and  $3,800  for  unmarried  men  beginning  January 
1,  1957 ;  and  that  the  administration  of  this  motion  be  placed 
in  the  hands  of  the  Commission  On  The  Minister  and  His 
Work. 

Report  of  Other  Commissions — The  following  Commissions 
appointed  by  Presbytery  made  their  reports  which  were  ad- 
mitted to  record. 

1.    To  install  Claude  G.  Pepper,  Jr. 


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The  Commission  appointed  by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  install 
Rev.  Claude  G.  Pepper,  Jr.,  as  Pastor  of  the  Matthews  Presbyterian 
Church,  Matthews,  North  Carolina,  met  at  the  Matthews  Church  at 
7:15  P.M.  on  Sunday,  October  2,  1955.  All  members  of  the  Commission 
were  present,  ministers:  Dr.  R.  H.  Stone,  Chairman,  Dr.  Roy  E.  Hoke, 
Rev.  Henry  S.  Robinson  and  Rev.  Samuel  H.  Zealy.  Ruling  Elders  were: 
J.  B.  Kuykendall,  H.  L.  Neely  and  J.  W.  Russell. 

The  meeting  was  called  to  order  and  opened  with  prayer  by  J.  B. 
Kuykendall.  Rev.  Henry  S.  Robinson  was  elected  to  serve  as  secretary 
of  the  Commission. 

The  Commission  went  into  the  sanctuary  for  the  installation  service. 
Rev.  Samuel  H.  Zealy  preached  the  sermon  on  "Deity  Waiting,"  Revela- 
tion 3:20.  Dr.  Stone  propounded  the  constitutional  questions  to  the 
pastor  and  congregation.  The  charge  to  the  pastor  was  delivered  by 
Rev.  Henry  S.  Robinson  and  the  charge  to  the  congregation  by  Dr.  Roy 
E.  Hoke.  Rev.  Claude  G.  Pepper,  Jr.,  was  declared  installed  as  Pastor 
of  the  Matthews  Presbyterian  Church. 

The  Commission  went  into  session  again  after  the  service.  The  min- 
utes were  read  and  approved  and  the  meeting  was  closed  with  prayer 
by  Ruling  Elder  J.  W.  Russell. 

Henry  S.  Robinson,  Secretary 

2.    To  install  the  Rev.  0.  W.  Perrell. 

The  commission  of  Presbytery  appointed  to  install  the  Rev.  0.  W. 
Perrell  as  pastor  of  the  Waxhaw  Presbyterian  Church,  Waxhaw,  N.  C, 
met  in  the  church  office  at  7:20  P.M.  Sunday  night,  September  25,  1955. 

All  members  of  the  commission  were  present,  namely:  Rev.  A.  Leslie 
Thompson,  Dr.  Roy  F.  Whitley,  Rev.  S.  Wylie  Hogue,  Elder  Carl  Mc- 
Cain, and  Elder  W.  Parks  Wilson. 

After  the  prayer  by  Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson,  the  commission  elected 
Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson  moderator  of  the  commission  and  W.  Parks 
Wilson  as  clerk  of  the  commission.  Each  member  was  briefed  as  to 
his  part  in  the  service.  The  commission  took  recess  to  the  sanctuary  of 
the  Waxhaw  Presbyterian  Church  for  the  worship  service  and  for  the 
actual  installation.  During  the  service,  which  began  at  7:30  P.M.,  Rev. 
A.  Leslie  Thompson  presided,  led  in  prayer,  read  the  scripture  and  de- 
livered the  sermon  on  the  theme,  ''Signs  of  our  Time."  Dr.  Roy  F. 
Whitley  propounded  the  constitutional  questions  to  the  pastor  which 
were  answered  in  the  affirmative,  and  then  charged  the  pastor.  Rev.  S. 
Wylie  Hogue  propounded  the  constitutional  questions  to  the  congrega- 
tion which  were  answered  in  the  affirmative,  and  then  charged  the  con- 
gregation. Rev.  Thompson  made  the  declaration  of  installation  and 
offered  the  installation  prayer.  Rev.  0.  W.  Perrell  pronounced  the 
benediction. 

At  the  close  of  the  service  the  congregation  came  forward  to  greet 
the  new  pastor  and  his  family. 

Following  the  service,  the  commission  retired  to  the  office  of  the 
church.  The  minutes  of  the  meeting  were  read  and  approved.  The  trans- 
actions of  the  commission  were  concluded  with  prayer  by  Rev.  S.  Wylie 
Hogue. 

W.  Parks  Wilson,  Clerk 


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3.    To  organize  South  Tryon  Street  Presbyterian  Church. 

The  Commission  appointed  by  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  to  organize 
a  Presbyterian  Church  on  South  Tryon  Street  in  Charlotte,  North  Caro- 
lina, met  at  the  Church  on  the  afternoon  of  November  6,  1955.  Those 
present  were  Mr.  Rufus  A.  Grier,  Elder  of  Steele  Creek  Church,  Chair- 
man, Rev.  J.  Cecil  Lawrence,  D.D.,  of  Myers  Park  Church,  Rev.  1. 
Howard  Chadwick  of  Westminster  Church,  Rev.  Watt  M.  Cooper  of 
Steele  Creek  Church,  Rev.  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.  of  Williams  Memorial 
Church,  Elder  Jones  Y.  Pharr  of  Charlotte  First  Church  and  Elder 
Charles  M.  Hassell  of  Myers  Park  Church. 

The  meeting  was  opened  with  prayer  by  Dr.  Lawrence. 

The  Commission  repaired  to  the  Church  Sanctuary  where  the  follow- 
ing organizational  service  was  held: 

Sermon  by  Mr.  Chadwick 

Prayer  by  Dr.  Lawrence 

Receptian  of  Members 
By  Letter 

Mrs.  Annie  Davis  from  Brooklyn  Presbyterian  Church,  Charlotte 

Mrs.  Hattie  Getter  from  Fairwood  Baptist  Church  in  South  Caro- 
lina 

Mrs.  Mildred  Sullivan  from  East  Stonewall  AME  Zion  Church, 
Charlotte 

Mrs.  Amy  Lanier  from  St.  Paul  Baptist  Church,  Charlotte 

Mr.  Cooper  conducted  the  service  of  reception  of  members  on  Re- 
affirmation of  Faith  and  the  following  were  received:  Darnell  Ander- 
son, Olaf  Abraham,  Mrs.  Helen  Alston,  Althonia  Bingly,  Bessie  Belk, 
Mrs.  Naomi  Brown,  Priscilla  Brown,  Willie  J.  Byers,  Leroy  Beauford, 
Johnny  Lee  Barnes,  Mrs.  Francis  Barnes,  Adell  Brown,  Willie  Brown, 
Robert  Cherry,  David  Cooper,  Louis  Cooper,  Roy  Cooper,  Mrs.  Edna 
Cooper,  Geneva  Davis,  Mrs.  Alice  Dunlap,  Miss  Hattie  Dargan,  Mrs. 
Gurtha  Douglass,  Mrs.  Estella  Daniels,  Harvey  Daniels,  Calvin  Ervin, 
Sr.,  Mrs.  Blanche  Ervin,  Loretta  Ervin,  Patricia  Ervin,  Delores  Ervin, 
Dorothy  Ervin,  David  Ervin,  Beauford  Ervin,  Calvin  Ervin,  Jr.,  Mrs. 
Mattie  Ford,  Lionel  Ford,  Maxine  Ford,  Deanna  Ford,  Johnnye  Furger- 
son,  Bonnie  Greene,  Emanuel  Green,  Leroy  Grier,  Wardell  Grier,  Mrs. 
Eliza  Griffith,  Sarah  Green,  Alice  Glenn,  William  Gill,  Paul  Harris,  John 
Harris,  Johnnie  Harroll,  Mrs.  Juanita  Harroll,  Louis  Hood,  Artie  Holtz- 
claw,  Walter  Holtzclaw,  Lester  Ingram,  Robert  Jordan,  Mrs.  Ruby 
Jordan,  H.  L.  Love,  Mrs.  Cora  Mills,  Mrs.  Willie  Miller,  Mrs.  Ruby 
Morris,  Billy  McCullum,  Martha  McCrory,  Mrs.  Mary  Mitchell,  Jake 
Mitchell,  Charlie  McGee,  Mrs.  Mary  McGee,  Billy  Miller,  Claudette 
Mitchell,  Nellie  Miller,  Elmer  McNair,  Joe  Louis  Montgomery,  Samuel 
Moore,  Ervin  Nance,  Walter  Neely,  Robert  Neely,  Curtis  Parker,  Sr., 
Mrs.  Ann  Parker,  Mrs.  Ida  Peterson,  Theodora  Pendergrass,  Mrs.  Eva 
Reid,  Emanuel  Richardson,  Joyce  Reape,  Lillian  Sifford,  James  E.  Sulli- 
van, Mrs.  Eutha  Sims,  Cecil  Taylor,  Mrs.  Margaret  Taylor,  Mrs.  Mary 
Taylor,  Mrs.  Geraldine  R.  Taylor,  Mrs.  Hazeline  Williams,  David  Wil- 
liams, Mrs.  Allie  Williams,  Rosa  Weathers,  Mrs.  Hattie  Lee  Young, 
Olivia  Young,  Jerry  Young,  Doris  Young,  Mrs.  Lena  Young,  Thomas 
Young,  Miss  Zulee  Montgomery,  Mrs.  Marjorie  Crowe,  Benjamin  Crowe, 
Abraham  Crowe,  Vickie  Young,  Willie  Douglass,  Jerode  Greene,  Juanita 
Davis,    William    Caldwell,    Pauline    Caldwell,    Marshall    Lee    Caldwell, 


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Vernon  Crowe,  Mrs.  Corine  Cunningham,  Norma  Leake,  Margaret  L. 
Harris,  Mrs.  Nancy  Westbrook,  Catherine  Elliott,  Mrs.  Louise  Dewalt, 
Mrs.  Doretha  Francisco  and  Mrs.  Dinah  Hardrick. 

Rev.  W.  T.  Taylor  conducted  the  service  of  reception  of  members  on 
Profession  of  Faith  when  the  following  were  received,  and  administered 
the  sacrament  of  Baptism  to  those  whose  names  are  designated  by  a 
star:  Alexander  Adams*,  Delores  Clinton*,  Donald  Clinton*,  Bobby 
Chilsom*,  James  Davis*,  Bernard  Davis*,  Portia  Dunlap*,  Veola  Dun- 
lap*,  Willie  Ray  Davis*,  Peggy  Elder*,  Coleman  Elder*,  Geraldine 
Ford*,  Mrs.  Margaret  Grier*,  Mrs.  Fledora  Grier*,  Earnest  Hardrick*, 
James  Hardrick*,  Ruby  Hardrick*,  James  Howie*,  Willie  Howie, 
Jeanette  Jones*,  Jerome  Jordan*,  John  T.  Jordan*,  Willie  Jordan*, 
William  Jordan*,  Ruby  Nell  Jordan*,  Robert  Jordan,  Jr.*,  Lee  W. 
Jordan*,  Mary  Ann  King*,  Maxine  Lanier*,  Vera  Moore,  Thomas 
Norman,  Fate  Sims*,  Milton  Lanier,  Henry  Lanier,  Bettye  Jean  Petter- 
son,  Leon  Davis*,  Curtis  Parker,  Jr.*,  Glenn  Parker*,  Jack  Richards*, 
Gale  Hemphill*,  Veronica  Davis*,  Ruby  Grier*,  Clyde  Porter*,  Hercules 
Washington*,  Donald  Cunningham*,  Cynthia  Cunningham*,  Oliver  W. 
Cunningham*,  Carolyn  Mcllwaine*. 

Dr.  Lawrence  conducted  the  service  of  Covenant  Vows  and  Declara- 
tion. 

Chairman  Grier  conducted  the  service  of  selecting  a  name  for  the 
Church.  On  motion  of  Mrs.  Geraldine  Robinson  Taylor  the  congregation 
selected  the  name  of  South  Tryon  Street  Presbyterian  Church. 

Mr.  Pharr  moderated  the  service  of  election  of  Elders  and  Deacons 
and  the  following  were  elected:  Elders,  Curtis  Parker  and  Robert  Jordan 
to  serve  in  the  class  of  1956;  Cecil  Taylor  and  Leroy  Beauford  to  serve 
in  the  class  of  1957.  Deacons:  Charlie  McGee,  Marshall  Lee  Caldwell, 
Jake  Mitchell  and  Calvin  Ervin,  all  to  serve  in  the  class  of  1957. 

The  service  of  Ordination  and  Installation  of  Officers  was  conduted 
by  Mr.  Prince. 

The  Charge  to  the  Officers  and  Congregation  was  delivered  by  Mr. 
Hassell. 

Rev.  W.  T.  Taylor  was  appointed  Moderator  of  the  Session. 

A  motion  was  passed  to  provide  that  the  roll  for  Charter  membership 
of  the  Church  be  held  open  until  January  1,  1956. 

The  Benediction  was  pronounced  by  Dr.  George  of  Johnson  C.  Smith 
University. 

After  the  Worship  Service  the  Commission  returned  to  the  Church 
study  and  its  meeting  was  closed  with  prayer  by  Mr.  Pharr. 

Charles  M.  Hassell,  Secretary 

Reception  of  Minister — The  Rev.  James  E.  Fogartie, 
Pastor-elect  of  Myers  Park  Church,  seeking  membership  in 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery  presented  a  certificate  of  transfer 
from  Washburn  Presbytery.  Presbytery  proceeded  to  examine 
him  according  to  the  provisions  of  the  Book  of  Church  Order. 


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The  examination  as  a  whole  was  approved  as  satisfactory 
and  Mr.  Forgartie  was  enrolled  upon  his  signing  of  the 
Covenant. 

A  call  from  the  Myers  Park  Church  was  placed  in  the 
hands  of  Mr.  Fogartie  and  was  accepted  by  him.  A  Com- 
mission was  appointed  to  install  him.  (See  Report  of  Com- 
mittee on  Installations.) 

A  call  for  the  services  of  the  Rev.  W.  T.  Taylor,  South 
Tryon  Presbyterian  Church  was  also  placed  in  the  hands  of 
Mr.  Taylor  and  was  accepted  by  him.  A  Commission  was  also 
appointed  to  install  him. 

A  Candidate  Transferred — A  motion  was  made  that  Mr. 
John  R.  Crawford,  a  candidate  under  the  care  of  Holston 
Presbytery,  be  received  as  a  candidate  under  the  care  of 
Mecklenburg  Presbytery. 

Report  of  Presbytery's  Council — The  Council  reported 
through  its  Chairman,  Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thompson.  The  report 
with  its  recommendations  was  read  and  was  adopted: 

The  Council  makes  the  following  recommendations: 

1.  That  the  docket  be  approved  as  printed  with  a  special  order  on 
examining  sessional  records  at  12:00  noon. 

2.  That  Presbytery's  expense  fund  treas.  report  be  approved. 

3.  That  the  Presbytery's  Office  expense  fund  report  be  approved. 

4.  That  the  Presbytery's  Central  treas.  benevolent  report  be 
approved. 

5.  That  the  salary  of  the  executive  secretary  be  raised  $400.00  per 
year  with  appropriate  changes  in  the  minister's  Annuity  Fund. 
This  will  bring  the  salary  up  to  $4,800.00. 

6.  That  the  permanent  clerk  and  the  assistant  clerk's  salaries  each 
be  raised  $10  per  meeting.  This  brings  their  salaries  up  to  $20.00 
per  meeting. 

7.  Rev.  Samuel  Inman  to  give  a  report  on  the  Every  Church  Visita- 
tion last  fall. 


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REPORT  OF  THE  TREASURER  OF  PRESBYTERY'S 
EXPENSE  FUND 

Balance  on  Hand  January  1,  1955   $  5,393.28 

Received  from  the  Churches    $28,012.44 

TOTAL  RECEIPTS   $33,405.72 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Presbytery's   Office   Expense $11,490.00 

Camp   Stewart   Expense    ,  6,000.00 

Stated  Clerk  Salary  600.00 

Stated  Clerk  Office  Help    600.00 

General  Assembly's  Assessment   3,790.02 

Synod's  Assessment   1,357.79 

Expense  of  Presbytery  Meetings   400.00 

Permanent  Clerk  Salary   40.00 

Assistant  Clerk  Salary   40.00 

Lassiter  Press,  Printing   989.20 

Minister's  Annuity  Fund 45.00 

Foote  and  Davies,  Statistical  Reports  31.68 

Postage    124.14 

Travel  Expense  for  Speakers 50.00 

Supplies  73.76 

Auditing    5.00 

TOTAL   DISBURSEMENTS    $25,636.59         $25,636.59 

Balance  in  Bank  January  1,  1956    $  7,769.13 

FINANCIAL  STATEMENT  OF  THE  W.  H.  BELK  FUND 

January  17,  1955  -  January  7,  1956 
Cash  Balance— January  17,  1955    $  3,254.26 

RECEIPTS: 

Home  Mission  Committee   (Loan)    $  5,000.00 

Mrs.  Sarah  B.  Gambrell   600.00 

Mrs.  W.  H.  Belk   425.00 

Belk  Foundation    190.00 

Garriga  Fruit  Acct 5,900.00 

Loans  repaid  and  interest 2,118.80 

$14,233.80         $14,233.80 


$17,488.06 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Catechism   Awards    269.00 

Miss  Daisy  E.  Walkup  600.00 

Mr.  R.  J.  Belk   775.00 

Davidson    College    5,000.00 

$  6,644.00         $  6,644.00 


BALANCE    $10,844.06 


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FINANCIAL  STATEMENT  OF  PRESBYTERY'S  OFFICE 

January  10,  1955  -  January  5,  1956 
RECEIPTS: 

Balance  Jan.  10,  1955    $      554.11 

Presbytery's  Tax  Fund    11,490.00 

Presbytery's  Com.  on  Relig.  Ed. 

Salaries      3,245.00 

Mecklenburg  Presbyterian 328.08 

Insurance     144.32 

Mecklenburg  Presbyterian  Advertisers    52.00 

Film  rentals   (Steagall  $68.55;  Pilot 

Mtn.    $52.90)     121.14 

Sale  of  materials    60.74 

For  Presbyterian  Survey    12.80 

The  W.  H.  Belk  Church   4.00 

Bank  of  Commerce  9,850.19 

Presbyterian  Min.  Asn.  (Refund)    7.00 

$25,869.38         $25,869.38 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Executive   Secretary:   Salary    $  4,400.00 

Manse  Allowance 1,200.00 

Travel  Allowance    1,000.00 

M.  A.  F.  Dues   330.00 

Office    Secretaries    2,188.40 

Director  of  Internal  Revenue  485.75 

Office  Expense  and  Promotion  1,101.18 

Camp  Stewart  Salaries   3,142.10 

Mecklenburg   Presbyterian    408.08 

W.  E.  Price  &  Son — Insurance   144.32 

Board  of  World  Missions   34.20 

General  Council   30.00 

"Pilot  Mountain"  film   84.10 

Division  of  Evangelism  39.42 

Presbyterian  Survey 12.80 

Bank   Charges 3.00 

Sardis  Presbyterian  Church   9,850.19 

$24,453.54         $24,453.54 
BALANCE $  1,415.84 

FINANCIAL  STATEMENT  TO  THE  HOME  MISSION  COMMITTEE 

January  15,  1955  -  January  10,  1956 
Cash  Balance,  January  15,   1955    $  24,277.11 

RECEIPTS: 

Benevolent  Account    58,300.59 

From  Myers  Park  Church    138.00 

From  Myers  Park  Church — Stultz  Fund 24,000.00 

Sale  of  lot 2,996.70 

Belk   Brothers    Co 2,250.00 

The  R.  A.  Dunn  Legacy   1,062.93 


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Mrs.  Ruth  B.  Wolfe   500.00 

Martin  Cannon  Family  Foundation   277.15 

Mrs.  R.  C.  Anderson   1,000.00 

Belk  Foundation    300.00 

Brookhill  Nursery 300.00 

Dividends     52.50 

Vacation  Fund 737.50 

Negro  Delegate  Fund 914.35 

Seigle  Avenue  Summer  Fund 1,000.00 

Morris  Field  Church 150.00 

The  Luther  Film 65.44 

New  Salem  Refund    49.25 

Caldwell   Funerals    508.12 

For  James  Cooley 252.00 

Mecklenburg  Presbyterian  Ads   61.00 

$119,192.64       $119,192.64 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Salaries  and  Supplies 25,474.84 

Negro  Work — Including   salaries    12,879.72 

M.  A.  F.  dues    1,508.77 

Director  of  Internal  Revenue 1,987.65 

Christmas   checks    450.00 

Minister  to  the  Hospitals   3,600.00 

Moving  ministers    214.06 

Book  Fund    140.70 

Vacation  Fund   695.00 

Seigle  Avenue  Summer  Fund 1,225.00 

For  Belk  Foundation   300.00 

Evangelism  Committee    26.31 

Committee  Expense    489.54 

For  New  Salem  49.42 

Caldwell    Funerals    208.86 

S.  Tryon  Manse  Conversion    347.76 

For  S.  Tryon  Church    277.15 

For  South  Tryon  Church  Furniture  2,250.00 

Beulah  Presbyterian  Church    337.50 

South  Tryon  2-family  apt.  (manse)   11,407.36 

Forest  Hill  Church  12,000.00 

Flynwood  lot    3,000.00 

Seigle  Avenue   Manse    12,500.00 

Improving  Shuman  Ave.  property   1,093.82 

South  Tryon  Nursery 330.93 

Clanton  Memorial  Summer  program 300.00 

Mecklenburg  Presbyterian    853.12 

Church  and  Manse  Fund 138.90 

Insurance     404.19 

Negro  Conferences    894.35 

James  Cooley  Account 164.79 

Martin  Luther  film  161.00 

The  W.  H.  Belk  Fund  (Loan)   5,000.00 

Sam   McNeely,  Jr 1,000.00 

Presbytery's   Building   Fund    14,000.00 

Total    Disbursements    $115,690771       $115,690.71 

CASH   BALANCE    3,501.93 

$119,192.64 


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FINANCIAL  STATEMENT  OF  THE  MECKLENBURG 
BI-CENTENNIAL 

January  14,  1955  -  January  14,  1956 
RECEIPTS: 

Belk  Foundation    $  1,000.00 

Churches  of  the  Presbytery   6,847  75 

Individuals    2.00 

$  7,849.75         $  7,849.75 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Mailing    $  55.00 

Advertising   and   Decorations    1,409.69 

Costumes    and    Materials    1,098.05 

Carpenters  and  Properties    1,317.73 

Expense  for  cast 736.83 

Music    354.42 

Insurance     194.55 

Art  Work   125.00 

Pictures   300.00 

Printing 165.00 

The  Director — plus  expense   813.58 

Radio  Center  (film)    458.76 

Wm.  Loftin,  Publisher  4.50 

Pound  and  Moore   8.68 

$  7,041.79         $  7,041.79 

BALANCE    $      807.96 

The  two  scrap  books  are  yet  to  be  made  and  the  moving  picture  film 
is  yet  to  be  edited  and  completed. 

FINANCIAL   STATEMENT  OF   MECKLENBURG   PRESBYTERY'S 
CHURCH  &  MANSE  BLDG.  FUND 

January  17,  1955  -  January  7,  1956 

Cash  Balance  January  17,  1955   $  2,511.38 

RECEIPTS: 

Balance  on  Forest  Hill  Manse  Call $      112.50 

South  Park  Manse  Call   1,222.83 

Park  Avenue  Manse  Call   1,104.08 

Seigle  Avenue  Manse  Call   (partial)    825.00 

$  3,264.41         $  3,264.41 

$  5,775.79 
DISBURSEMENTS: 

Forest  Hill  Church  (Woodlawn  Call)    $  1,457.05 

Park  Avenue   Manse    1,166.83 

South  Park  Manse   1,222.83 

Seigle  Avenue   Manse    750.00 

$  4,596.71         $  4,596.71 
BANK  BALANCE   $  1,179.08 


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FINANCIAL   STATEMENT   OF   MECKLENBURG   PRESBYTERY'S 
BUILDING  FUND 

Balance  in  Bank  January  16,  1956  $14,000.00 

FINANCIAL  STATEMENT  OF  THE  SEIGLE  AVENUE 
BUILDING  FUND 

1955 
On   Deposit    $10.00 

REPORT  OF  THE  CENTRAL  TREASURER  OF  BENEVOLENCES 

for  the  year  1955 
RECEIPTS    i... $370,692.30 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

World    Missions $  92,068.21 

As.  Ch.  Extension 44,050.07 

Annuities  and  Relief    17,637.52 

As.   Ch.   Education    16,006.78 

Overseas  Relief   810.92 

General  Fund   20,819.87 

Inter-Church  Agencies   651.13 

Board  of  Woman's  Work 13.00 

Guidance   Centers    30.77 

Brazilian  High  Schools   53.85 

Mobile  Studio  46.17 

Ecumenical  Fellowship    23.09 

American  Bible  Society 236.60 

White    Cross     13.25 

Negro  Work  Campaign   1,552.00 

Historical  Foundation    2.00 

Mountain  Retreat  Association   109.20 

American   Leprosy   Mission    50.00 

A.  T.  S 26.77 

Furlough  Homes    5.87 

Birthday    Gift    17.68 

Stillman  College    1.00 

C.  R.  O.  P 89.52 

Stuart  Robinson  School 20.00 

Assembly's   Vacation   Fund    50.00 

Montreat   College    15.00 

Synod's  Church  Extension    $  14,042.55 

Educational   Institutions    51,493.02 

Presbytery's  Orphan's  Home    22,505.90 

Presbyterian  Home,  Inc 4,189.73 

Synod's  Religious  Education    7,033.25 

Campus  Christian  Life    4,866.78 

William  Black  Home   .60 

U.  T.  S.  Development  Campaign 1,125.00 

N.  C.  C.  and  A.  C.  L 649.28 

Allied  Church  League   50.00 

Presbyterian  Junior   College    20.00 

Little  Joe's   Church 5.00 


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Presbytery's  Church  Extension   $  58,300.59 

Church  and  Manse  Building  Fund   26.00 

Religious  Education    5,208.65 

Presbytery's  Tax  Fund   2,227.50 

Mecklenburg   Bi-Centennial    961.87 

Camp  Stewart  Building  Fund   600.00 

Seigle  Avenue  Summer  Fund    525.00 

Brookhill  Nursery 300.00 

Alexander  Home   1,203.09 

Bible  in  Public  Schools 415.00 

South  Tryon  Presbyterian  Church   177.82 

Good  Samaritan  Hospital   7.40 

Miss  Nancy  Rozzelle,  Treasurer   2.00 

Negro  Delegate  Fund 146.00 

Refund  W.  N.  Ward,  Treasurer 210.00 

$370,692.30         $370,692.30 

Report  of  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — The 

report  for  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education  was  made 
by  Rev.  Russell  Kerr,  Acting  Chairman.  The  following  report 
was  adopted: 

The  more  detailed  report  is  given  at  the  Spring  meeting  of  the 
Presbytery. 

However,  it  will  be  of  interest  to  the  Presbytery  that  the  applications 
of  five  new  candidates  are  now  in  the  process  of  being  completed  and 
these  young  men  will  be  presented  at  the  Spring  meeting. 

Through  the  committee  Candidate  William  F.  Scholl,  Jr.  requests 
that  he  be  transferred  to  the  Presbytery  of  New  York  of  the  Presby- 
terian Church,  USA. 

Candidate  Franklin  McKinley  Penninger  makes  the  request  that  he 
be  allowed  to  withdraw  from  the  care  of  the  Presbytery. 

By  the  removal  of  the  Rev.  G.  Dana  Waters  to  the  Presbytery  of 
Congeree,  the  committee  is  left  without  a  chairman.  The  committee  has 
expressed  to  Mr.  Waters  its  sincere  appreciation  for  the  very  excellent 
way  in  which  he  has  carried  on  the  work  of  the  committee. 

Russell  M.  Kerr,  Chairman  pro  tem 

Report  of  Committee  on  Education — Rev.  Lawrence  I. 
Stell,  reported  for  the  Committee  on  Education.  The  Com- 
mittee requested  Presbytery  to  docket  for  Spring  Meeting  a 
special  hour  on  Higher  Education.  The  report  w^as  adopted. 

Assembly's  Work  Committee — The  Rev.  A.  Leslie  Thomp- 
son reporting  on  Assembly's  Work  Committee  presented  Mr. 
Joe  McLaney,  Chairman  of  Sub-Committee  on  World  Mis- 
sions, who  gave  a  very  challenging  message  on  Missions.  It 
was  received  as  information. 


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Dr.  Charles  E.  S.  Kramer,  President  of  the  Assembly's 
Training  School,  was  then  presented  by  the  Chairman,  who 
then  in  turn  brought  an  interesting  report  on  A.  T.  S. 

Report   of   Christian    Education    Committee — Rev.   J.   R. 

Crook,  Chairman  of  Christian  Education  Committee,  reported 
for  the  seven  divisions  of  Christian  Education  with  special 
emphasis  on  Men's  Work. 

A  motion  that  the  Special  Committee  on  Segregation  give 
its  report  as  the  third  order  after  lunch. 

The  Stated  Clerk  was  authorized  to  have  copies  made  of 
the  retiring  Moderator's  Message,  "The  Gentleness  of  Jesus", 
and  to  send  to  each  member  of  the  Presbytery. 

Presbytery  recessed  for  lunch  at  12:30  to  reconvene  at  2 
o'clock.  Rev.  Don  Coffey  led  in  prayer. 

AFTERNOON  SESSION 

The  Presbytery  reconvened  at  two  o'clock  and  was  led  in 
prayer  by  the  Moderator,  Rev.  Sam  H.  Zealy. 

Moderator  Nominated — The  Rev.  Roswell  C.  Long  was 
named  the  Moderator-in-Nomination  for  the  next  meeting  of 
the  Presbytery. 

Election  of  Commissioners  to  General  Assembly  —  The 

motion  was  made  that  the  Minister  Commissioners  to  the 
General  Assembly  be  elected  first  from  among  ministers  who 
have  never  attended  an  Assembly,  and  then  if  others  were 
needed  to  make  the  necessary  16,  they  be  elected  from  the 
floor. 

The  following  were  elected  as  Commissioners  to  the  Gen- 
eral Assembly: 

Ministers  Principals  Ministers  Alternates 

John  A.  Carriker  G.  A.  Fletcher 

B.  F.  Moore  W.  E.  Lytch 

F.  C.  Wilkinson  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr. 

R.  W.  Rayburn  C.  A.  White 

E.  B.  Cooper  C.  M.  Coffey 

S.  W.  Hogue  I.  H.  Chadwick 

H.  D.  Hayward  R.  V.  Colen 

W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.  W.  F.  Mitchell 


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Elders  Principals  Elders  Alternates 

J.  B.  Watt,  Steele  Creek  R.  W.  Blackwelder,  Forest  Hill 

T.  M.  Barnhardt,  Jr.,  Covenant  J.  R.  Miller,  Pineville 

John  W.  Knox,  Bethel  R.  B.  Collins,  Caldwell  Memorial 

P.  W.  Davenport,  Paw  Creek  R.  F.  Rozzelle,  Cook's  Memorial 

J.  L.  Puckett,  Hopewell  W.  P.  Harkey,  Selwyn  Avenue 

Jones  Y.  Pharr,  Charlotte  First  E.  D.  Byers,  Sunset  Hills 

F.  0.  Brown,  Philadelphia  J.  W.  Craig,  Jr.,  St.  Andrews 

E.  R.  Bierman,  Myers  Park  D.  A.  Monroe,  Biscoe 

Report  of  Special  Committee  on  Segregation — The  report 
of  the  special  committee  on  Segregation  was  presented  by 
the  Rev.  James  A.  Jones.  A  motion  to  table  the  report  was 
defeated  by  a  vote  of  70  to  57.  The  statement  of  principle 
at  the  first  of  the  report  was  adopted  and  admitted  to  the 
record.  The  entire  report  with  the  recommendations  was 
adopted.  The  office  of  Presbytery  was  authorized  to  furnish 
printed  copies  of  the  Committee's  report  to  each  Session  in 
Presbytery. 

The  Presbytery  in  its  206th  Stated  Meeting,  September  14,  1954, 
instructed  that  a  committee  be  appointed  "to  study  the  matter  of  segre- 
gation." Acting  on  this  instruction,  the  Moderator  of  the  Presbytery 
appointed  the  following  as  members  of  this  special  committee:  the 
Reverend  A.  A.  Allen,  the  Reverend  Henry  G.  Bedinger,  the  Reverend 
W.  M.  Boyce,  Jr.,  Mr.  Philip  F.  Howerton,  the  Reverend  Jas.  A.  Jones, 
Dr.  Hamilton  W.  McKay,  and  the  Reverend  M.  B.  Prince. 

The  committee  met  in  the  late  autumn  of  1954  with  all  members 
present.  After  considerable  discussion  it  was  voted  that  no  report  be 
submitted  to  the  Presbytery  until  after  action  had  been  taken  by  the 
Synod  of  North  Carolina  upon  a  report  of  its  "Ad  Interim  Committee 
on  Resolutions  Concerning  Segregation  From  Certain  Churches,"  which 
committee  was  appointed  by  the  Synod  in  July  1954. 

The  second  meeting  of  the  committee  was  on  December  7,  1955.  In 
view  of  the  fact  that  the  Reverend  A.  A.  Allen  had  removed  his  resi- 
dence from  the  bounds  of  the  Presbytery,  at  least  temporarily,  the 
Moderator  named  the  Reverend  W.  T.  Taylor  to  serve  in  his  stead  as  a 
member  of  the  committee.  The  assignment  given  to  the  committee  by 
the  Presbytery  and  the  report  which  should  be  made  to  the  Presbytery 
were  discussed  at  length.  The  chairman  of  the  committee  was  instructed 
to  prepare  a  preliminary  report  for  the  committee  upon  which  it  could 
act  and  out  of  which  would  grow  its  communication  to  the  Presbytery. 

The  third  meeting  of  the  committee  was  on  January  16,  1956.  The 
committee  adopted  a  report  which  is  herewith  presented  to  the 
Presbytery 

The  action  of  the  Presbytery  which  resulted  in  the  committee's 
appointment  was  of  the  most  general  nature.  The  committee  judged 
that  its  first  responsibility  was  to  delimit  its  task.  The  subject  of 
segregation  has  been  so  widely  discussed,  the  aspects  of  it  are  so  varied 
and  involved,  that  the  committee  concluded  it  must  spell  out  for  itself 


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what  appeared  to  it  to  be  its  function.  It  was  agreed  that  the  com- 
mittee would  try  to  do  two  things:  (1)  It  would  examine  the  recent 
actions  of  the  General  Assembly  and  of  the  Synod  of  North  Carolina  to 
determine  their  accuracy  of  Biblical  interpretation  and  their  compatibil- 
ity with  the  law  of  the  Church;  (2)  It  would  recommend  to  the  Pres- 
bytery any  specific  alterations  in  procedure  or  emphasis  which  seemed 
to  be  proper  and  constructive  in  the  light  of  the  whole  subject. 

In  reporting  to  the  Presbytery  the  committee  calls  the  attention  of 
the  court  to  this  question  as  viewed  on  two  broad  levels,  the  level  of 
principle  and  the  level  of  practice. 

At  the  level  of  principle,  the  committee  makes  these  observations: 

1.  The  matter  for  discussion  before  us  must  be  put  and  must  be  kept 
in  an  ecclesiastical  context.  The  Presbytery  is  not  here  discussing  what 
should  or  should  not  be  done  in  the  matter  of  segregation  in  political 
and  civil  affairs.  Such  questions  are  important,  of  course,  and  with  them 
churchmen  will  be  concerned.  But  the  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  has 
no  responsibility  and  no  right  to  legislate  on  the  matter  for  the  general 
body  of  our  nation's  citizens.  It  does  have  a  duty  to  examine  the  perti- 
nence of  any  procedure  in  the  life  of  the  Church,  seeking  to  determine 
the  propriety  of  such  procedure  in  the  light  of  the  Bible  and  in  the  light 
of  the  standards  of  the  Church's  order. 

It  may  be  objected  that  the  whole  question  of  segregation  is  so  com- 
plex, has  such  wide  and  incisive  implications  for  the  whole  order  of  social 
life,  is  so  entangled  with  custom  and  heritage,  that  any  isolation  of  the 
subject  to  the  "ecclesiastical"  realm  is  impossible.  The  committee  is  not 
unaware  of  this  difficulty,  but  it  would  insist  that,  difficult  or  not,  such 
a  limitation  of  the  subject  must  be  imposed.  It  would  call  to  the  atten- 
tion of  the  Presbytery  that  over  the  centuries  the  churches  generally, 
and  the  Presbyterian  Church  particularly,  have  lifted  problems  about 
which  honest  men  disagreed  out  of  their  secular  relationships  and  set 
them  before  the  conscience  of  the  Church  for  its  review,  solely  on  the 
basis  of  the  Faith's  plain  or  implied  teaching.  In  our  generation  the 
courage  and  vision  of  our  forefathers  in  similar  matters  need  to  be 
borrowed  by  their  children.  That  an  issue  is  complex  is  no  reason  for 
the  Church's  being  timid  in  confronting  it,  else  the  Church  can  be  in- 
nocuous when  it  should  be  prophetic.  That  an  issue  is  confused,  pro- 
vocative of  disagreement  among  men  of  good  will  and  good  reputation, 
is  no  justification  for  ignoring  it,  rather  is  the  Church  thereby  called  to 
seek  with  patience  and  prayer  such  a  measure  of  the  light  of  God  upon 
the  question  as  shall  make  all  who  love  the  light  of  one  mind.  It  is  in 
this  spirit  that  the  committee  has  tried  to  perform  its  assignment. 

2.  In  the  judgment  of  the  committee,  the  actions  of  the  General 
Assembly  and  of  the  Synod  of  North  Carolina  dealing  with  the  question 
of  "enforced  segregation"  are  consistent  with  and  proper  interpretations 
of  the  teachings  of  the  Bible  and  of  the  Church.  In  view  of  the  wide 
circulation  of  these  actions  and  of  their  availability  for  examination  by 
any  who  are  interested,  the  committee  does  not  believe  it  is  necessary 
here  to  attempt  to  brief  them,  nor  to  quote  at  any  length  from  them. 

At  one  point,  however,  in  the  action  of  the  Assembly,  there  is  a 
matter  upon  which  the  committee  comments.  From  many  quarters  the 
committee  has  heard  objections  raised  to  the  term  employed  in  the 
Assembly's   action  which   says,   "enforced   segregation   is   unchristian." 


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That  statement  has  been  interpreted  to  mean  that  anyone  who  believes 
that  segregation  is  expedient  and  permissible  is  not  a  Christian.  While 
it  is  not  the  business  of  the  committee  to  prepare  a  commentary  upon 
the  Assembly's  action,  it  appears  to  the  committee  that  such  an  inter- 
pretation is  unfortunate  and  inaccurate. 

Does  it  not  rather  seem  that  the  action  of  the  Assembly  employs 
in  this  phrase  a  type  of  expression  which  is  current  in  speech  and  in 
literature?  It  is  not  at  all  uncommon  to  refer  to  some  procedure  as 
"unchristian,"  without  in  any  sense  impeaching  the  essential  Christian 
conviction  and  loyalty  of  a  man  who  adopts  such  a  procedure.  Whether 
an  individual  is  a  Christian  or  not  depends  upon  a  personal,  redemptive 
relationship  to  Christ.  There  may  be  moods  and  acts  in  his  life  which 
are  "unchristian,"  a  condition  which  he  himself  will  most  readily  admit, 
seeing  that  not  yet  has  the  work  of  sanctification  been  complete  in  any 
of  us.  By  the  presence  of  such  "unchristian"  traits,  whatever  they  may 
be,  a  man  diminishes  the  quality  of  his  witness  for  Christ  and  of  his 
discipleship  under  Christ.  By  a  patient,  agonizing,  persistent  effort  to 
eradicate  such  marks  he  grows  in  spiritual  stature  and  in  creative 
dependence  upon  Him  Who  moves  to  perfect  our  redemption. 

It  is  in  some  such  context  as  this,  your  committee  feels,  that  the 
terminology  of  the  General  Assembly's  action  must  be  understood.  The 
man  who  favors  desegregation  is  not  given  license  to  sit  in  sanctimon- 
ious judgment  upon  his  brother  in  Christ  who  holds  the  contrary  view. 
Both  of  them  are  enjoined  to  examine  carefully  what  the  Holy  Spirit 
has  said  and  is  saying  to  the  churches,  through  the  Holy  Bible,  through 
the  witness  of  the  Church  over  the  years,  and  through  the  urgencies  of 
our  current  scene.  Something  of  this  the  Assembly  and  Synod  have  tried 
to  do,  and  in  the  judgment  of  your  special  committee  their  actions  faith- 
fully represent  what  the  Bible  and  the  Church  have  to  say  on  the  subject. 

3.  The  main  matter  in  this  whole  discussion  is  not  segregation  or 
desegregation,  but  the  nature  of  the  Church.  On  this  point  the  Bible 
and  the  standards  of  the  denomination  are  unqualifiedly  clear.  The 
Church  is  the  Family  of  God  whose  members  are  sealed  into  it  by  the 
grace  of  Christ  through  faith  unto  salvation.  No  church,  whether  a 
particular  church  or  a  whole  denomination,  whether  from  principle  or 
custom,  whether  by  design  or  indifference,  can  alter  this  fact.  When- 
ever a  particular  church  within  our  denomination  attempts  to  modify 
the  Biblical  standards  by  which  an  individual  is  received  into  the  Church, 
there  is  a  violation  of  the  plain  teaching  of  the  Scripture  and  of  the 
categorical  affirmations  of  the  Church's  government. 

There  are  those  who  say,  however,  that  the  Session  of  a  particular 
church,  obligated  to  maintain  its  peace,  may  exclude  members  of  a  race 
from  specific  fellowship  in  performance  of  its  duty.  As  a  consequence  it 
is  concluded  that  for  the  good  of  such  particular  church,  and  for  the 
honor  of  religion  in  presenting  itself  without  strife  before  a  community, 
Sessions  may  judge  it  best  to  delineate  a  policy  which  excludes  Negroes 
from  membership  in  some  churches.  Moreover,  there  are  those  who  point 
out  that  conditions  in  some  quarters  of  the  Church  are  so  strained  and 
pressures  exercised  so  profound,  if  not  malign,  that  were  not  a  local 
church  to  make  such  statement  of  general  policy,  it  would  be  harrassed 
and  embarrassed  by  people  who  would  seek  to  "test  the  sincerity"  of 
such  an  action  as  the  law  of  the  Church  seems  to  some  to  require.  Such 
individuals  would  appear  before  Sessions  "to  see  what  would  happen," 


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"to  make  fuel  for  their  fire,"  "to  gain  notoriety,"  and  such  like.  The 
committee  believes  that  this  is  a  calculated  risk  which  the  Church  must 
be  willing  to  take.  It  were  far  better  for  Sessions  to  face  the  adversities 
which  may  arise  out  of  embracing  the  standards  of  the  Church  on  such  a 
matter,  than  to  abdicate  those  principles  and  procedure  upon  which  the 
Church  itself  is  established,  and  in  the  practice  of  which  we  ourselves 
have  been  sealed  into  the  Household  of  Faith. 

4.  The  crucial  word  in  the  whole  discussion  before  us  is  the  word 
"enforced."  Whatever  the  outcome  of  the  present  issue  in  this  matter 
before  us  as  a  Church  and  as  a  nation,  segregation  within  society  will 
continue  in  a  hundred  forms.  People  of  like  mind  and  heritage,  of  like 
culture  and  disposition,  naturally  congregate.  Already  there  is  segrega- 
tion in  every  church,  as  a  visit  to  a  church  supper  will  make  plain.  There 
is  segregation  in  a  meeting  of  Presbytery,  as  men  who  attend  upon  its 
sessions  with  any  regularity  know  very  well.  But  the  fact  is,  such 
segregation  is  voluntary.  It  is  established  by  moods  and  habits  which 
can  be  generated  and  practiced  according  to  will.  It  is  embraced  for  the 
sake  of  common  benefit  and  for  the  prosperity  of  a  common  purpose. 

Enforced  segregation  on  the  basis  of  race  has  no  such  characteristics. 
The  committee  evaluated  its  assignment  in  the  light  of  the  Scripture 
teaching  that  the  men  redeemed  by  Christ  and  growing  in  the  grace  of 
Christ  "henceforth  know  no  man  after  the  flesh."  If  the  Church  is  a 
confederacy  of  faith  not  established  upon,  nor  maintained  by  rich  or 
poor,  bond  of  free,  Jew  or  Gentile,  male  or  female,  where  is  there  any 
ground  for  saying  that  a  church  that  means  to  be  loyal  to  the  Bible's 
description  of  such  a  society  can  draw  limits  in  its  fellowship  according 
to  race. 

The  committee  is  well  aware  that  no  one  in  the  Church  questions  for 
a  moment  the  participation  of  men  of  all  races  in  the  "One,  Holy,  Catho- 
lic, Apostolic  Church."  None  has  intimated  to  the  least  degree  that  the 
power  of  the  Gospel  is  not  available  to  and  adequate  for  all  who  come  to 
God  by  Christ.  Those  individuals  within  the  Church  who  insist  upon  the 
maintenance  of  some  fashion  of  enforced  segregation  declare  without 
any  qualification  their  concern  for  the  evangelizing  of  the  Negro,  and 
their  confidence  that  his  relationship  to  Christ  by  faith  is  as  inviolate 
and  as  efiicient  as  their  own.  They  talk  of  the  Negro  in  "The  Church" 
but  not  in  "their  church,"  as  it  were.  But  is  it  not  true  that  the  primary 
function  of  every  serious  churchman  is  to  seek  persistently  and  courage- 
ously how  the  marks  of  "The  Church"  can  become  the  marks  of  "his 
church?"  It  would  appear  to  the  committee  that  the  Presbytery  would 
do  well  to  advise  any  within  its  fellowship  that  approval  of  the  glories 
and  the  marks  which  belong  to  the  whole  body  of  Christ  lay  upon  a 
man  a  solemn  obligation  to  seek  such  traits  for  that  branch  of  the 
Church  Militant  and  catholic  in  which  his  own  lot  is  cast  and  under 
whose  disciplines  he  follows  after  Christ,  the  Church's  Great  Head. 

5.  The  primary  business  of  the  Church  of  Jesus  Christ  is  the  evan- 
gelization of  the  world.  The  primary  business  of  the  Presbyterian 
Church  in  the  United  States  is  the  performance  of  this  mission  in  the 
areas  assigned  to  us  for  particular  responsibility.  It  must  be  recognized 
that  our  Church  has  failed  in  so  many  ways  to  discharge  its  responsibil- 
ity under  God  to  the  Negro  in  our  midst.  The  Church  has  brought  itself 
under  judgment  in  this  connection  and  within  recent  years  has  launched 
a  program  that  seeks  to  amend  the  faults  of  nearly  a  century. 


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The  committee  believes  that  our  Presbytery  cannot  discharge  its 
obligation  to  Christ,  to  its  community,  or  to  itself  apart  from  diligence 
and  sacrifice  in  providing  Negroes  with  facilities  for  worship  and  with 
leadership  to  guide  them  in  their  own  spiritual  development.  There  is 
need  now,  as  never  before,  for  an  aggressive  program  of  evangelism 
aimed  at  enlisting  the  Negro  for  Christ  and  of  assisting  him  to  give  in- 
spiration to  his  own  people  in  their  destiny  under  God.  While  the  com- 
mittee is  convinced  that  there  is  no  ground  in  Scripture  or  in  the 
standards  of  the  Church  for  excluding  any  race  from  any  particular 
church,  it  is  still  true  that  some  segregation  among  the  races  will  con- 
tinue, to  the  advantage  of  all,  and  to  their  contribution  to  that  harmony 
in  diversity  which  is  so  characteristic  of  all  creation.  It  has  been  demon- 
strated that  varieties  of  churches  best  serve  the  life  of  a  community. 
Men  do  not  possess  at  this  stage  of  their  sanctification  sufficient  wisdom 
to  create  one  institution  that  will  serve  with  equal  effectiveness  the 
lettered  and  the  unlettered,  the  countryman  and  the  urbanite,  the  artisan 
and  the  student.  We  may  say  that  such  should  not  be  the  case,  seeing 
that  our  spiritual  needs  are  met  only  in  Christ,  and  that  any  church 
ought  to  seek  to  become  all  things  to  all  men.  But  the  fact  remains  that 
individuals  differ.  Within  a  local  church  there  is  variety  of  program  for 
varieties  of  age  groups.  There  are  items  of  special  interest  and  appeal 
to  differing  individuals  within  the  one  church. 

It  becomes  the  church  to  exploit  these  differences  within  people  to 
their  advantage  and  to  the  expansion  of  the  Christian  fellowship  in  our 
time.  To  attempt  to  legislate  by  fiat  a  condition  which  has  obtained  for 
centuries  is  as  unwise  as  the  refusal  to  take  a  stand  on  what  the  Church 
is  in  hope  and  prayer,  is  unpardonable  cowardice. 

Against  this  broad  and  general  background  of  principle,  the  com- 
mittee makes  these  observations  about  matters  of  practice  which  con- 
cern the  Presbytery.  The  observations  are  in  the  form  of  resolutions 
presented  for  consideration  by  the  Presbytery: 

RESOLVED: 

1.  That  Mecklenburg  Presbytery  and  its  constituent  churches  receive 
the  recent  deliverances  of  the  General  Assembly  and  of  the  Synod  of 
North  Carolina  as  actions  in  harmony  with  the  standards  of  the  Church 
and  expressing  views  on  the  matter  of  segregation  consonant  with  and 
derived  from  the  teachings  of  the  Holy  Scripture. 

2.  That  Presbytery  commend  to  the  Sessions  of  its  churches  a  prayer- 
ful and  diligent  study  of  these  actions  by  the  Assembly  and  Synod,  and 
of  this  report  by  its  own  special  committee,  urging  that  in  such  study  it 
be  remembered  and  emphasized  that  the  Church  is  speaking  to  church- 
men and  is  not  legislating  for  the  body  politic,  or  arrogating  to  itself  the 
unwarranted  prerogative  of  dictating  procedures  to  any  local  church,  nor 
claiming  for  itself  anything  other  than  a  careful  seeking  after  the  lead- 
ing of  the  Holy  Spirit.  Who  has  been  promised  to  the  Church  as  its 
Guide  into  all  wisdom.  It  is  quite  evident  and  expedient  that  the  appli- 
cation of  the  principle  set  forth  by  the  courts  of  the  church  will  vary  in 
local  churches  and  in  the  context  of  the  life  of  particular  communities. 
In  such  instances  the  Presbytery  urges  the  Sessions  to  move  with  care 
and  wisdom  in  all  matters  pertaining  to  this  question. 

3.  That  Presbytery  engage  itself  with  all  dispatch  and  concern  to 
provide  facilities  and  leadership  for  ministering  to  and  the  work  of 
evangelism  among  the  Negro  population  within  the  bounds  of  the 
Presbytery. 


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4.  That  Presbytery  leave  in  the  hands  and  under  the  jurisdiction  of 
its  executive  agencies  the  application  of  the  principles  ennunciated  by 
this  action,  confident  that  such  agents  will  be  diligent  in  resolving 
matters  which  come  before  them  to  the  advantage  of  the  life  of  all  the 
churches  in  the  Presbytery  and  to  the  prosperity  of  those  particular 
duties  entrusted  to  each  of  the  agents  of  the  Presbytery. 

5.  That  Presbytery  call  upon  its  members  and  upon  the  churches 
within  its  bounds  to  exercise  the  Christian  virtues  of  patience  and 
brotherly  love  as  they  seek  to  find  for  themselves  and  for  our  beloved 
Church  the  most  effective  way  for  applying  to  the  life  of  the  Church  the 
principles  which  underlie  and  define  the  nature  of  our  comradeship  with 
all  believers  in  the  Family  of  God. 

6.  That  Presbytery  urge  upon  its  elders  and  churches  the  need  for 
solemn,  believing,  earnest  prayer  in  behalf  of  all  those  charged  with 
the  difficult  task  of  plotting  a  course  for  our  citizens  and  for  our  fellow- 
churchmen  in  these  days  of  pervasive  unrest,  lamented  suspicion,  and 
disquieting  tension. 

Respectfully  submitted, 
JAS.  A.  JONES,   Chairman 

Report  of  Nominations  Committee — The  following  report 
of  the  Nominating  Committee  of  Mecklenburg  Presbytery 
was  read  by  Charles  E.  S.  Kraemer.  It  was  adopted. 

We  nominate  to  the  Presbytery 

1.  To  the  Commission  on  The  Minister  And  His  Work — Class  of  1957 
The  Rev.  W.  L.  Hall  to  replace  the  Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence  (removed). 

2.  To  the  Committee  of  Church  Extension 
Sub-Committee  on  Home  Missions — Class  of  1957 

The   Rev.   Roy   F.   Whitley    (Monroe)    to   replace   the   Rev.   J.   C. 
Lawrence   (removed). 

3.  To  the  Committee  on  Ministerial  Education — Class  of  1956 

The  Rev.  Sam  M.  Inman  to  replace  the  Rev.  J.  C.  Lawrence   (re- 
moved) and  to  serve  as  Chairman  of  the  Committee. 
The  Rev.  Marcus   Prince  to  replace  the  Rev.  Dana  Waters    (re- 
moved). 

Respectfully    submitted, 

Charles  E.  S.  Kraemer,  Chairman 

Report  of  Committee  on  Installations — The  Committee 
made  the  following  report  through  its  Chairman,  Rev.  A.  T. 
Taylor.  The  report  was  adopted. 

1.  The  Commission  to  install  Rev.  James  E.  Fogartie  as  pastor  of 
Myers  Park  Church:  Chairman  Dr.  Warner  L.  Hall  to  preside  and  pro- 
pound the  questions;  Dr.  E.  Lee  Stoffel  to  charge  the  congregation  and 
Dr.  Lawrence  L  Stell  to  charge  the  minister.  Other  members  to  serve 
on  Commission:  Dr.  Herbert  Carson,  Rev.  Sam  Inman;  the  Elders  to 
be  Dr.  Hamilton  W.  McKay  and  Mr.  C.  W.  Gilchrist.  Dr.  Arthur  F. 
Fogartie,  member  Presbytery  of  East  Arkansas,  father  of  Mr.  Fogartie 
be  invited  to  preach  the  sermon.    The  service  to  be  Feb.  12th,  7:45  P.M. 


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2.  Commission  to  install  Rev.  W.  T.  Taylor,  pastor  South  Tryon  St. 
Church:  Chairman,  Dr.  R.  H.  Stone  to  preside  and  ask  the  questions, 
Rev.  William  F.  Mitchell  charge  the  pastor.  Mr.  Rufus  Grier  to  charge 
the  people  and  the  Rev.  James  E.  Fogartie  to  preach.  Mr.  John  A.  Tate, 
Jr.,  elder  of  Myers  Park  also  to  serve  on  the  Commission,  and  Dr. 
Lawrence  L  Stell.    The  service  to  be  Feb.  5th,  7:30  P.M. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

A.  T.  Taylor 

B.  F.  Ferguson 
Charles  Richardson 
H.  P.  Cathey 

Report  of  Committee  on  Resolutions — The  Committee  on 
Resolutions  made  the  following  report  which  was  adopted: 

The  Committee  on  Resolutions  submit  the  following  recommenda- 
tions: 

That  we  express  our  appreciation  for  the  hospitality  of  the  Pastor, 
the  Session,  and  the  congregation  of  the  Sharon  Presbyterian  Church, 
and  that  we  especially  thank  the  ladies  who  prepared  and  served  the 
excellent  meal. 

That  we  also  express  our  appreciation  to  our  Moderator,  Rev.  Sam 
H.  Zealy,  for  his  capable  conduct  of  this  meeting. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

C.  D.  Caldwell 
W.  E.  Lytch 
A.  M.  Cathey 
J.  K.  Starnes 

Report  of  Standing  Committee  on  Records  of  Presbytery — 

The  Standing  Committee  on  Presbytery's  Records  made  the 
following  report  which  was  adopted: 

After  an  examination  of  the  Minutes  of  Presbytery  we  commend  the 
Clerks  for  their  work.  We  found  one  error  on  page  17  under  paragraph 
4 — instead  of  the  word  to  attend  Presbytery  should  be  to  Atlanta 
Presbytery. 

J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.,  Chairman 

Mr.  Gray 

Mr.  Berryhill 

Mr.  Pepper 

Report  of  Committee  on  Sessional  Records — The  follow- 
ing Report  of  the  Committee  on  Sessional  Records  was  read 
and  adopted: 

The  following  records  were  approved  without  exception: 

Mark's  Creek,  New  Salem,  Providence,  Seigle  Ave.,  Troy,  St.  Paul, 
Paw  Creek,  Commonwealth,  Brainerd,  Trinity,  Sunset  Hills,  Badin  First, 
Plaza  Church,  Covenant,  Ramah,  Morris  Field,  Mallard  Creek,  Small- 
wood,  Matthews,  Nevin,  Park  Ave.,  Central  Steele  Creek,  Mount  Gilead, 


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South  Fork,  Eastminster,  Westover  Hills,  Philadelphia,  Albemarle  First, 
Robinson,  Caldwell,  Rourk,  Norwood  First,  Charlotte  First,  Thomasboro, 
Mulberry,  Waxhaw,  West  Ave.,  Six  Mile  Creek,  Candor,  Stephenson, 
Bethel,  Newell,  Monroe,  Cameronion,  Sardis,  Benton  Heights,  Sugaw 
Creek,  Tenth  Ave.,  Wadesboro,  Pleasant  Hill,  Westminster,  Myers  Park, 
Sharon,  Rehoboth,  Walkersville,  Banks,  Star,  Biscoe,  Ellerbe,  Hopewell, 
Mt.  Carmel,  Williams  Memorial,  St.  Andrews,  Macedonia,  Steele  Creek, 
Cook's  Memorial,  Bethany,  Selwyn  Ave.,  McQuay,  Indian  Hill,  and 
Clanton  Memorial. 

The  following  records  were  approved  with  exceptions: 

Indian  Trail,  McLean,  Morven,  Camden,  North  Charlotte,  Hamlet 
First,  Locust,  Forest  Hill,  Norman,  W.  H.  Belk,  Camp  Green,  Pee  Dee, 
Beulah,  Oakboro,  Salem,  S.  C,  Rockingham  First,  Altan,  Ridgecrest, 
Marston,  and  Wilmore. 

Statistical  Report  to  the  General  Assembly — An  incom- 
plete report  was  read  to  the  Presbytery  and  the  Stated  Clerk 
was  given  permission  to  complete  the  Statistical  Report  to 
the  General  Assembly,  sign  it  and  forward  as  soon  as  pos- 
sible to  the  Stated  Clerk  of  the  General  Assembly. 

Manual  Change — Upon  the  second  reading  of  the  Manual 
Change  the  following  recommendation  was  adopted. 

We  recommend  that  Presbytery's  Manual  be  changed  so  that  the 
Committee  on  Nominations  make  its  annual  report  at  the  Summer  meet- 
ing of  Presbytery  in  order  to  bring  our  work  in  line  with  Synod's  year 
which  closes  July  31st. 

Requests  Granted — A  request  that  Presbytery  concur  with 
Rev.  Frank  C.  Wilkinson  in  his  resignation  from  the  Star 
Presbyterian  Church,  effective  Jan.  1,  1956  was  granted. 

A  request  that  Rev.  Shelton  Hutchinson  be  granted  the 
privilege  of  laboring  outside  of  the  Presbytery  was  granted. 

Next  Meeting — An  invitation  has  been  presented  to  Pres- 
bytery by  the  Bethel  Church  to  meet  with  them  in  the 
Spring.  The  invitation  was  accepted. 

The  Presbytery  voted  to  adjourn. 

The  Minutes  were  read  and  adopted. 

Rev.  Sam  H.  Zealy,  the  Moderator,  led  the  closing  prayer. 
Presbytery  adjourned  to  meet  April  17,  1956  at  9  A.M.  at 
the  Bethel  Presbyterian  Church,  Cornelius,  N.  C.  for  its  next 
Stated  Session. 

Sam  H.  Zealy,  Moderator 

F.  C.  Debele,  Jr.,  Stated  Clerk 
Robert  W.  Rayburn,  Permanent  Clerk 
A.  L.  Thompson,  Assistant  Clerk 


INDEX 

Page 

Afternoon  Session   30 

Assembly's  Work  Committee 29 

Christian  Education  Committee   30 

Church  Organization    21,  22 

Commissions  Reporting 

Minister  and  His  Work   19 

To  install  Ministers   19,  20 

To  Ordain  and  Install 

Committee  on  Arrangements 16 

Communications  18 

Directory  3,     4,  5 

Docket    16 

Docket  Schedule 2 

Education  Committee  Report   29 

Election  of  Commissioners   30,  31 

Financial  Reports    24,  25,  26,  27,  28 

History     13 

Installations   Report    36 

Manual  Change 

Resignation  of  Pastor 38 

Time  and  Place  of  Next  Meeting 38 

Ministerial  Education   29 

Moderators  Elected   16 

Moderator  Nominated 30 

Nominations  Committee  Report   36 

Opening   Exercises    13 

Presbytery  Council    23 

Reception  of  Ministers   22 

Records  of  Presbytery   37 

Resolutions    37 

Roll  Call  15,  16 

Roll  of  Churches    7,     8,     9,  10,  11,  12 

Roll  of  Ministers   6 

Segregation   Committee's   Report    31,  32,  33,  34,  35,  36 

Sessional  Records    37 

Standing  Committees    17 

Statistical  Report  to  Assembly  39 


39  MINUTES    OF    MECKLENBURG   PRESBYTERY 

The  Two  Hundred  Twelfth 

Stated  Session  of 

Mecklenburg  Presbytery 


Bethel  Presbyterian  Church 
Cornelius,  N.  C. 
April  17,  1956 

The  Presbytery  of  Mecklenburg  met  in  its  Two  Hundred 
Twelfth  Stated  Session  in  the  Bethel  Presbyterian  Church, 
Cornelius,  N.  C.  at  9  A.M.  on  the  above  date. 

The  Rev.  Sam  Zealy,  retiring  Moderator,  led  in  the  open- 
ing worship  and  preached  a  sermon  on  'Two  Lost  Sons". 

The  Sacrament  of  the  Lord's  Supper  was  observed,  being 
led  by  the  Rev.  G.  E.  Dixon  and  Rev.  T.  Duke  Williams. 

The  History  of  the  Bethel  Church  was  printed  and  put 
into  the  hands  of  the  Presbytery  by  Rev.  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr., 
host  pastor.  It  was  adopted  as  printed. 

A   BRIEF   HISTORY   OF    BETHEL    CHURCH 

On  or  about  January  1829  the  Presbyterians  living  within  the  bounds 
of  what  is  now  known  as  Bethel  Congregation  met  and  resolved  that  a 
Christian  Church  of  the  Presbyterian  Faith  should  be  organized  and 
located  at  some  suitable  point  convenient  for  the  congregation.  At  that 
time  Hopewell,  Ramah  and  Center  were  the  only  churches  which  the 
Presbyterians  of  this  vicinity  could  attend  and  as  there  were  but  few 
conveyances  and  no  good  roads  the  women  and  children  were  in  a  great 
measure  deprived  of  church  privileges. 

The  original  plot  of  SV?.  acres  was  given  by  Miss  Ann  Potts.  The 
first  church  building  was  erected  in  1830  and  stood  until  1895  at  which 
time  the  sanctuary  of  the  present  structure  was  erected.  Few  of  our 
members  can  still  remember  this  first  building.  One  of  the  points  of 
interest  is  that  twenty-three  colored  communicated  worshipped  in  that 
building.  The  last  of  these  twenty-three,  Selina  Johnston,  received  into 
the  membership  of  Bethel  Church  on  profession  of  faith  in  1853,  died  in 
1927  at  the  age  of  90.  Bethel  congregation  at  a  meeting  held  in  July 
1895  resolved  to  build  a  new  building.  After  crops  were  laid  by  the  male 
members  together  with  many  other  friends  met  and  made  bricks  and 
commenced  the  work   of  building   in   earnest.    Rev.   Thomas   Espy  was 


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the  first  pastor  of  this  church  from  July  1829  to  1830.  Since  that  time 
there  has  been  approximately  thirty-five  pastors  and  supply  pastors.  The 
first  children  baptised  in  this  church  were  Thomas  Espy  Potts  and 
Thomas  Espy  Goodsey.  No  further  record  is  known  of  Thomas  Goodsey 
but  Thomas  Espy  Potts  was  a  member  until  his  death.  There  were 
eleven  charter  members,  four  of  which  were  elders. 

Bethel  Church  has  three  octogenarians:  Miss  Rebecca  Jetton,  Mrs. 
Carrie  Knox  and  Mr.  Albert  Hall.  Miss  Rebecca  Jetton,  the  oldest,  has 
been  a  member  since  1891   (sixty-four  years). 

Seven  of  our  former  pastors  are  still  living.  They  are,  in  order: 
Dr.  Boiling  Hobson,  Princeton,  West  Virginia;  Reverend  W.  C.  Wauchop, 
Concord,  N.  C;  Reverend  R.  C.  Clontz,  Davidson,  N.  C;  Reverend  W.  T. 
Smith,  Charlotte,  N.  C;  Reverend  W.  H.  Johnston,  Charlotte,  N.  C; 
Reverend  J.  L.  Russell,  Decatur,  Georgia;  Reverend  B.  F.  Livingstone, 
Lexington,  Virginia.  Reverend  S.  A.  Ewart,  while  pastor  in  Fayetteville 
Presbytery,  was  called  from  this  life  August  22,  1953.  Among  our 
former  pastors  the  people  of  Bethel  will  long  remember  two  faithful 
supply  pastors  who  have  been  called  on  several  occasions  when  we  were 
without  a  pastor.  They  are  Professor  W.  L.  Porter  and  Professor  E.  A. 
Beaty,  both  of  Davidson  College.  We  are  happy  to  have  some  of  these 
pastors  and  supply  pastors  here  today. 

Presbytery  has  met  three  times  at  this  church.  April  1858,  April 
1879  and  April  1923.  The  212th  Stated  Session  of  Presbytery  will  meet 
at  this  church  in  April  1956. 

There  were  thirty-six  men  from  this  church  called  into  the  service 
of  their  country  during  World  War  IL  All  but  one  returned.  Lieuten- 
ant Adrin  Vernon  Knox  was  killed  in  action  at  Stavelot,  Belgium,  De- 
cember 23,  1944.  A  memorial  service  for  Lieutenant  Knox  was  con- 
ducted at  this  church  on  December  30,  1945. 

During  the  past  ten  years  many  improvements  have  been  made. 
Eight  Sunday  School  rooms  have  been  added,  a  new  floor  in  the 
sanctuary  and  new  pews  were  recently  installed.  Also  among  the  many 
improvements  was  a  new  addition  to  the  kitchen  of  the  hut.  To  this 
progress  we  owe  much  to  the  Women  of  the  Church.  The  rug,  painting, 
and  flower  stand  in  front  of  the  church,  are  among  the  many  things  the 
women  have  contributed.  At  this  time  the  women  have  four  active 
circles  which  have  a  record  membership. 

Two  missionaries  have  gone  out  from  this  church.  Mrs.  Bessie  Knox 
Wilson  served  as  a  missionary  to  Korea  for  forty  years,  and  Mrs.  Hattie 
Knox  Dodson,  after  six  years  as  a  missionary,  died  in  Korea. 

For  the  first  time  this  church  is  supporting  its  own  missionary.  Miss 
Cora  Wayland  left  the  United  States  in  October  1954  for  her  post  in 
Mokpo,  Korea.  Bethel  Church  is  proud  of  the  great  work  she  is  doing 
as  our  missionary. 

Our  present  pastor.  Reverend  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.,  came  to  Bethel 
Church  as  supply  pastor  June  1,  1951,  and  was  installed  as  pastor  July 
27,  1952.  The  people  have  been  richly  blessed  by  his  pastoral  here. 
Bethel  Church  now  has  a  membership  of  191,  the  largest  at  any  one 
time.  And  our  Sunday  School  has  a  membership  of  238.  Our  Sunday 
School  has  been  organized  to  the  extent  that  children  are  properly 
grouped  by  age  and  sufficient  teachers  have  been  secured  for  all  classes. 


41  MINUTES   OF   MECKLENBURG   PRESBYTERY 


Our  rooms  are  filled,  including  the  hut  and  kitchen  of  the  hut.  For 
some  time  the  kitchen  has  been  used  as  Sunday  School  rooms.  It  is  due 
to  this  crowded  condition  that  the  recent  addition  to  the  front  of  the 
church  was  so  planned  so  as  to  have  two  additional  rooms. 

The  Roll — ^The  following  were  present  or  were  enrolled 
during  the  meeting: 

Ministers — J.  W.  Grier,  Q.  N.  Huneycutt,  W.  M.  Johnston,  B.  F. 
Yandell,  J.  C.  Grier;  A.  T.  Taylor,  M.  B.  Prince,  Jr.,  W.  B.  Neill,  R.  A. 
Young,  C.  M.  Boyd,  D.  K.  Snyder,  W.  T.  Smith,  R.  H.  Stone;  F.  C. 
Debele,  Jr.,  C.  G.  McClure,  S.  M.  Inman,  F.  C.  Pratt,  W.  M.  Walsh, 
F.  S.  Johnston,  A.  L.  Thompson,  R.  F.  Whitley,  W.  L.  Hall,  T.  W.  Mac- 
Lean,  H.  S.  Robinson,  S.  M.  Hutchison,  C.  H.  Rowan,  R.  C.  Long,  H.  G. 
Bedinger,  C.  S.  Miller,  B.  F.  Moore,  W.  M.  Cooper,  H.  D.  Hayward, 
S.  H.  Zealy,  W.  B.  McSwain,  F.  C.  Wilkinson,  D.  E.  Wilkinson,  E.  B. 
Cooper,  Ira  H.  Rawles,  L.  I.  Stell,  M.  G.  Lyerly,  R.  W.  Rayburn,  W.  M. 
Boyce,  Jr.,  H.  D.  P.  Pollard,  W.  M.  Boyce,  R.  M.  Kerr,  C.  H.  McLean, 
S.  W.  Yandle,  J.  E.  Wayland,  Jr.,  B.  F.  Ferguson,  J.  R.  Crook,  Sheldon 
A.  Koesy,  Crawford  A.  White,  J.  S.  Garner,  H.  S.  Schum,  S.  W.  Hogue, 
W.  G.  Workman,  C.  Mc.D.  Coffey,  I.  H.  Chadwick,  W.  S.  Boyce,  Robert 
Turner,  R.  V.  Colin,  W.  F.  Mitchell,  W.  T.  Taylor,  F.  C.  Holder,  C.  D. 
Caldwell,  H.  M.  Jefferson,  M.  R.  Williamson,  E.  L.  Stoffel,  J.  L.  Doom, 
T.  Duke  Williams,  W.  E.  Lytch,  J.  S.  McClure,  W.  N.  Clark,  Jr.,  W.  D. 
Lively,  S.  A.  Ritchie,  G.  E.  Dixon,  E.  A.  McLeod,  0.  W.  Perrell,  J.  E. 
Fogartie — 79. 

Ruling  Elders — D.  A.  Holbrook,  Albemarle  First;  Walton  Crook, 
Altan;  J.  F.  Sigman,  Amity;  N.  C.  McCorkle,  Jr.,  Avondale;  L.  A.  Fes- 
perman,  Badin;  H.  P.  Stephenson,  Banks;  P.  S.  Sniper,  W.  K.  Belk; 
Arther  Brown,  Bethel;  Buford  E.  Price,  Bethlehem;  Oscar  L.  Stevens, 
Biscoe;  J.  R.  Craven,  Caldwell  Memorial;  Jesse  Morris,  Camden;  B.  L. 
McNeely,  Jr.,  Cameronian;  Dr.  A.  A.  McDuffie,  Candor;  R.  S.  Abernethy, 
Jr.,  Charlotte  First;  D.  F.  Gilchrist,  Clanton  Memorial;  Wilburn  B. 
Brown,  Commonwealth;  Garmon  C.  McCall,  Cook's  Memorial;  R.  E. 
Kennedy,  Cornelius;  James  H.  Barnhardt,  Arthur  R.  Craig,  Covenant; 
E.  L.  Conder,  Eastminster;  I.  C.  Parson,  Ellerbe  First;  R.  W.  Black- 
welder,  Jr.,  Forest  Hill;  H.  G.  Fetner,  Hamlet  First;  J.  L.  Puckett,  Sr., 
Hopewell;  J.  Boyd  Monteith,  Huntersville;  M.  E.  Brattain,  Indian  Hill; 
J  B.  Maness,  Indian  Trail;  W.  K.  Helms,  Locust;  Daniel  J.  McCaskill, 
Macedonia;  J.  H.  Oehler,  Mallard  Creek;  W.  R.  Gibson,  Marks  Creek; 
P.  F.  Lee,  Marshville;  N.  O.  Alexander,  Matthews;  A.  M.  Cathey,  McGee; 
W.  M.  Levin,  McLean  Memorial;  J.  W.  Ormand,  Monroe  First;  Howard 
McFayden,  Mt.  Carmel;  R.  L.  Martin,  Mt.  Gilead;  P.  M.  Summerville, 
Mulberry;  David  J.  Craig,  Jr.,  Charles  M.  Hassell,  Myers  Park;  J.  R. 
Dutten,  Nevin;  W.  E.  Neill,  W.  H.  Henderson,  North  Charlotte;  E.  O. 
Byrd,  Sr.,  Norwood;  H.  G.  Smith,  Park  Avenue;  Plato  W.  Davenport, 
Paw  Creek;  E.  Ross  Cathey,  Philadelphia;  F.  R.  Freeman,  Plaza;  P.  J. 
Turner,  Pleasant  Hill;  L.  M.  Rea,  Providence;  T.  E.  Brown,  Ramah; 
William  Lambert,  Ridgecrest;  B.  W.  Faires,  Robinson;  L.  A.  Kelly, 
Rockingham  First;  W.  P.  Summerville,  St.  Andrews;  G.  M.  Causley, 
St.  Paul;  D.  V.  Walker,  Sharon;  Carl  H.  Geanes,  South  Park;  R.  W. 
Davenport,  Sr.,  Steele  Creek;  T.  W.  Hunter,  Sugaw  Creek;  W.  C. 
Washam,  Sunset  Hills;  E.  F.  Parnell,  Tenth  Avenue;  C.  A.  Osborne, 
Thomasboro;  E.  S.  Dillard,  Trinity;  Hor